The recent outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, or coronavirus, has brought the entire world to a standstill. The disease is reported to have effected at least 173,000 people across the globe, while also claiming 7,019 lives so far.
The virus has effected people in over 140 countries, bringing about several changes in everyone's day-to-day lives. Governments around the globe have issued a general notice which lays out certain measures that would help prevent the spreading of the disease. People have been advised to limit public gatherings, for which reason several events have been canceled.
Sporting events that were scheduled to take place during this season have either been called off or postponed. Here are some of the major sports games that have been affected by the spread of COVID-19 –
The major update in the world of soccer so far has been the postponement of Euro 2020 until 2021. Football fans will be missing out on several games, such as Champions League and Europa League matches. FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation have decided to postpone the Asian World Cup qualifying matches that were due to take place in the months of March and April.
· American Football
In the U.S., all major sporting events have been called off due to the rapid increase in the number of reported coronavirus cases. As of now, the NFL football has decided to proceed with the 2020 NFL Draft but has called off all public events associated with the event due to take place on 23-25 April in Las Vegas.
Upon confirmed news that a Utah Jazz player tested positive for the coronavirus, the NBA has suspended the 2020 season until further notice. NCAA basketball has called off all collegiate basketball tournaments, with the March Madness season being particularly affected by the update.
Japan has decided to continue with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, despite the coronavirus being declared as a pandemic by the WHO. On Saturday, Japan’s Prime Minister agreed that the Olympics would go ahead, and with spectators in attendance. Contrarily, spectators will not be in attendance for the torch-lighting ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in ancient Olympia, Greece.
· Formula One
In the world of Formula One, several of the racing events have been called off. After a McLaren team member was tested positive for the coronavirus, F1 has canceled the season-opening Australian GP that was due to begin on March 15th. The Bahrain Grand Prix, Vietnam Grand Prix, as well as the Chinese Grand Prix events have been postponed.
The U.S. Government has issued orders to restrict events of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks at a minimum. Major League Baseball has been delayed until further notice.
Several other sporting events in the world of cricket, tennis, horse racing, athletics, boxing, golf, and more have been postponed in light of recent events. The recent updates in the sports world have negatively impacted sports betting and gambling as well. The next few weeks will certainly bring in more updates on how the world of sports will tackle the coronavirus pandemic.