In the recent past, the gravity of the situation related to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has led to almost every sport shutting down their tournaments temporarily. Countries like China and Italy have been the worst hit in terms of the number of cases and the Chinese Super League and Serie A, two of the biggest […]
In the recent past, the gravity of the situation related to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has led to almost every sport shutting down their tournaments temporarily. Countries like China and Italy have been the worst hit in terms of the number of cases and the Chinese Super League and Serie A, two of the biggest football leagues in the world, have been completely shut down. With global events like Euro 2020 already being postponed to the June of 2021 and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics still up in the air, the situation is worsening with each passing day.
How Has the Novel Coronavirus Impacted Football?
It all started with the Chinese Super League getting scrapped as the virus outbreak started in Wuhan, China. The different football leagues in Europe including the Champions League and Europa League first tried to play matches behind closed doors with no spectators, but all the federations have now chosen to suspend the matches completely. Players like Daniele Rugani, Blaise Matuidi of Juventus, Callum Hudson-Odoi of Chelsea, Mikel Arteta – Head coach of Arsenal, 5 players from Valencia along with support staff are just some of the people that have been tested positive for the virus.
Thanks to the suspension of all major leagues across the world, there is still no clarity on how to go about the remaining season. Should the current leader on the table be given the title? How will the leagues make up for the lost time? Will the leagues be scrapped and stated null and void? These are some of the questions still left unanswered. UEFA has, however, promised to complete all the leagues by June 30. But, only time will tell how things turn out.
How Has the Novel Coronavirus Impacted Cricket?
There is no international cricket match being played anywhere in the world. The domestic tournaments too have followed suit and suspended the matches. Similarly, the franchise based T20 cricket tournaments like the Indian Premier League and Pakistan Super League have been suspended for now, leading to a possible storm of losses.
How Has Covid 19 Impacted Tennis?
The French Open – one of the premium tournaments in the world of Tennis – has been postponed until September later this year, with France too now seeing an incredible surge in the number of Coronavirus cases. Additionally, several WTA championships have been suspended with practically no event of the sport taking place. The organisers of Wimbledon and US Open are still deliberating over whether to go ahead with grand slam tournaments as scheduled.
How Has Covid 19 Impacted Basketball?
The NBA has been indefinitely shut down as most players and franchises refused to play without fans. Moreover, according to the latest developments, Brooklyn Nets star-player, Kevin Durant, has been tested positive along with four other players whose names are yet to be revealed.
More Impacts in Sports
The opening three track and field events of the prestigious IAAF Diamond League circuit all have been postponed up until further notice.
NASCAR has postponed the season up until May.
When it comes to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, the IOC (International Olympic Committee) has stated that they would not conduct the biggest sporting event in the world behind closed doors. With it being slated to start in the last week of July, the IOC is hoping that the situation will be under control by then.
The real issue here is that the sporting world has never gone through such a phase ever and as a result, most authorities are still pondering over what to do. Yes, there have been instances in the past where a major event had to be postponed for a couple of days or a week, but never has something so big and serious disrupted the world of sports the way the COVID-19 virus has. World War II is probably the only last event remotely close to the current situation, but back then the global industry of sports was not the same.
With more than 11,000 deaths (as of this article’s publication), the sports officials of all bodies have their plates piled high coming up with solutions that do not have huge adverse impacts on the game. Yes, the health of the players, support staff, match officials and fans is a major concern but with billions of dollars riding on these sporting events, quick decisions will have to be made to make sure the global economy does not experience a significant blow.