LEEDS, England — A swath of sporting events across Britain were canceled within the hours after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, with most probably to stay on hiatus through the weekend as a mark of respect.
Representatives from various sporting organizations were called to a gathering with the Department of Culture, Media and Sport on Friday morning, with the federal government’s guidance expected to permit each sport to decide on its own response.
“The choice as as to whether sporting fixtures proceed to go ahead is on the discretion of organizers,” the department said in a press release.
Those with events scheduled for Friday had already moved unilaterally to cancel them.
Horse racing — the game closest to the queen’s heart — called off all of its scheduled meetings for Friday. The British Horseracing Authority is predicted to make a choice on Friday on when it’s going to resume. On Thursday, it was announced that each the second day’s play within the cricket test match between England and South Africa on the Oval, in London, and golf’s P.G.A. Championship wouldn’t happen. The Tour of Britain cycling race was canceled entirely, with three days’ racing remaining.
Skilled soccer, as of Friday morning, was awaiting the federal government’s advice before making a choice on its games this weekend. Several clubs played on Thursday night in continental European competitions, with players wearing black armbands and crowds observing a minute’s silence. Two fixtures within the second-tier Championship, scheduled for Friday, were postponed.
It was not yet clear whether dozens of soccer games within the English Premier League and the Football League scheduled to be played on Saturday and Sunday would happen. The precedent is unclear: Although games were canceled after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1997, games were played when the queen’s father, King George VI, died in 1952.
The leagues also face a choice on the right way to rearrange games scheduled to be played near the queen’s state funeral, which is predicted to be held next weekend.