The sports world mourns the death of Queen Elizabeth II

The BMW PGA Championship in Wentworth on Thursday and Friday has been suspended following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the DP World Tour announced.

The DP World Tour announced: “On behalf of our members and everyone associated with the European Tour group and BMW PGA Championship, it is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”

“She has truly been an inspiration to people all over the world. … Our deepest sympathies and sympathies are with the royal family at this time.”

The World Golf Tour stated that all facilities at the club will remain closed on Friday and that further updates on the resumption of play will be provided at a later time. Flags at Wentworth Club will be reduced to half staff.

Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch and a rock of stability through much of a turbulent century, died on Thursday after 70 years on the throne. She was 96 years old.

She died at Balmoral Castle, her summer residence in Scotland, Buckingham Palace announced, as members of the royal family rushed to her side after her health deteriorated.

England Tommy Fleetwood And the Andy Sullivan for the lead in the BMW PGA Championship, having completed their first round in the eighth under. There were 30 golfers still on the course when play was suspended.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Her Majesty the Queen today,” Peter Forster, captain of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, said in a statement. Upon her accession in 1952, Her late Majesty graciously accepted the patronage of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, as had been the custom in the reign of monarchs since His Majesty William IV in 1834.

“Although not a golfer, Her Majesty the late Queen’s sponsorship of the club for 70 years has been a great honor for its members. We keep His Majesty and all members of the Royal Family in mind at this time of mourning.”

In 1966, Elizabeth handed the Jules Rimet Trophy to England captain Bobby Moore when the national football team won the men’s World Cup by defeating West Germany at Wembley.

The Premier League has yet to announce plans for football matches this weekend, but the league has released a statement on Twitter.

“The Premier League is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,” the statement read. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the royal family and everyone around the world mourning the loss of Her Majesty.”

The Premier League, which runs the three divisions under the Premier League, has canceled its matches that were due to take place on Friday evening, and said a decision will be made on Friday morning about the weekend’s matches after discussions with the British government and the wider sport. .

Elsewhere in the stadium, the Manchester United match in the European League against Real Sociedad was held, along with the West Ham match in the European League, Thursday, and a minute of silence before kick-off, and the players were wearing black armbands.

“Her actions have touched generations,” Brazilian soccer greats Pele, who met the queen in person when she visited Rio de Janeiro in 1968, wrote on Twitter. “This legacy will last forever.”

Queen Elizabeth II has always had ties to the sports community, awarding dozens of athletes during her reign, including the tennis player. Britain’s Andy Murraycyclist Bradley Wiggins and long-distance runner Mo Farah.

The US Open said it would observe a minute’s silence Thursday evening before the start of the women’s semi-final match between Anas Jaber And the Caroline Garcia. The same will happen before Thursday’s NFL season opener between the Los Angeles Rams and the Buffalo Bills.

Queen Elizabeth II attended matches at Wimbledon in 1957, 1962, 1977 and 2010. In 1977, the centenary of the tournament, she watched Britain’s Virginia Wade win the women’s singles title.

She was also a huge fan of horses, owned dozens of them, and attended races regularly, including the Kentucky Derby in 2007. Horse races in at least five different countries, including the United Kingdom and the United States, are named after her.

She first rode a horse at the age of three – and lived with them right away – inheriting the bloodline of her father, King George VI, when she acceded to the throne in 1952.

In a BBC documentary, she said: “My philosophy about racing is simple. I enjoy raising a horse that is faster than the others.

“For me, this is a gamble from a long time back. I enjoy racing but I suppose, basically, I like horses, and the Original is a really good horse for me.”

The Queen approached 2,000 winners as owner of racehorses, and her riders always wore purple, gold, and crimson – the colors of royal racing silks also used by her father and great-grandfather, King Edward VII.

Her first winner was a horse named Monaveen, at Fontwell in 1949, and she went on to win all the so-called “classics” in British horse racing except for The Derby, another event she attended for most of her life.

One of the Queen’s most famous Royal Ascot victories came in 2013 when Estimate became the first horse owned by a Reigning King to win the prestigious Gold Cup. It was her first elite race win since 1989, and she was seen clapping enthusiastically as jockey Ryan Moore rallied strongly to finish first with a neckline in front of 61,000 race-goers.

British Horseracing has announced that all races are suspended on Thursday and Friday to commemorate the “exceptional life of Queen Elizabeth II and her contribution to our sport and our nation”.

“Her Majesty the Queen has been one of the greatest and most influential supporters in the history of horse racing,” a statement read. “Her passion for racing and the horse race has shined brightly throughout her life, not only through her close involvement in horse breeding and racing, but through her roles as sponsor of The Jockey Club and Thoroughbred Breeders Association, and as an image at Royal Ascot.

“It is true, then, that all racing is suspended for today and tomorrow as we begin to mourn the passing of Her Majesty and remember her extraordinary life and contribution to our sport and our nation.”

The Queen made a personal appearance at the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony in London.

Less than hours after the Queen’s death was announced, members of the British basketball team took over the court in a 90-56 loss to Italy in a EuroBasket match.

Great Britain striker Dan Clark said: “I mean, she’s the only leader we’ve known for our nation. The amount of respect she has and the way she has carried herself as a leader for so many years and in such a long reign, it’s just amazing.”

Coach Nathan Ringing added: “It’s tough. That’s who you play for. You play for the country. She’s been up front for so many years… It was a different and difficult situation.”

The England and Wales cricket board said Friday’s second Test match between England and South Africa at the Oval will not take place.

Friday’s stage of the Cycling Tour of Britain has been cancelled, with a decision on the final two stages being taken over the weekend in time.

In a statement, Formula One said it sent its “deepest condolences to the royal family and to the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.”

Domestic rugby matches in England and Scotland have been canceled on Thursday and matches will not be played over the weekend either.

The Rugby Football Association expressed its respect on social media, saying it was “deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II and to offer our condolences to all members of the Royal Family at this time”.

With the queen’s death, her son Charles automatically becomes king, although the coronation may not take place for several months. Royal officials said the 73-year-old chose to call himself King Charles III.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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