Sports Events Situation Following the Worldwide Health Warnings

Najim Najim Omniscient sports guru who breathes and lives sports.
Updated Updated: March 26, 2020
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The actual health situation in the world has quickly encompassed Europe and the UK in the space of just a few weeks. We are now facing a time of uncertainty in our day to day lives and this has led to a direct knock-on effect within the sporting world as well. Also, not to forget that some prestigious eSports competitions have been impacted by this health warning.

All the major football leagues in the UK and around Europe have postponed upcoming matches and there is no concrete date on when they will return.

The full widespread impact of the health warnings is still yet uncertain and so the governing bodies will need to put public safety first, and that means the delay of many sporting events that cover both the domestic and international calendars.

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Cancelled sports events so far

In the last few days, we have seen official announcements from nearly all the major leagues and competitions that live football is to be postponed. Many of the leagues are fully postponed yet some leagues such as the French Ligue 1 and Ukrainian Premier League will carry on but with the games being played out behind closed doors.

These drastic measures are in line with each of the nation’s governmental warnings that gatherings of large groups of people should not be allowed for the foreseeable future.

List of some of the biggest sports events impacted:

  • The Premier League and EFL are both postponed along with all the linked cup competitions.
  • Serie A was the first to announce the delay in football and this has quickly swept across the top leagues such as La Liga and the Bundesliga.
  • UEFA has also postponed all Champions League and Europa League cup competition football, and this now makes a clean sweep that takes all football off the table for at least two weeks.
  • Many of the leagues have initially delayed their seasons for two weeks or at least two matchdays, but it is becoming increasingly clear that these delays will extend further as the disease continues to infect the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.
  • The UEFA Euro 2020 is postponed to Fri, 11 Jun 2021 – Sun, 11 Jul 2021
  • The Grand National 2020 has been canceled

Events still uncertain

Elsewhere, many other popular sporting events are in doubt with the likes of the Khabib vs Ferguson UFC matchup being canceled in both Brooklyn and Vegas locations, the new location is still yet to be named. Several F1 Grand Prix races have also been delayed with the hope of it being restarted in late May.

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About the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Nothing really compares in the size and importance of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in Japan though. Unfortunately, the event has been postponed and so it will take place in summer 2021. The event will still be called “Tokyo 2020” even if happening in 2021.

This is what the authorities said on Tuesday:

“In the present circumstances and based on the information provided by the WHO today [Tuesday], the IOC president and the prime minister of Japan have concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community.”

What to expect in the future?

We expect many dates to chop and change over the coming weeks and the likely outcome is that many of these events and competitions will be postponed until next year. Seasonal sports such as football might eventually be played behind closed doors but this won’t go down well with supporters and the teams themselves.

Other options include canceling the season altogether but this is highly unlikely and unfair to all the teams involved.

One other option would be to continue the season later on in the summer as it has been decided that the Euro 2020 is going to be postponed to summer 2021.

As you can see, most options come with a knock-on effect and this is the very reason why officials need to take the time to agree on the right decision for everyone concerned.

Current situation in the world

The health situation is now taking hold across the world and each day we are seeing stricter rules and isolation measures being mentioned.

In the UK, it’s only a matter of time before an extended lockdown is put in place. The general population is starting to work from home and they are being told to reduce their social life by staying clear of large groups of people.

It’s highly expected that we will see the UK government asking the elderly population to isolate themselves in the early days of April. As for the rest of the population, it will likely be life as usual unless they are showing any signs and symptoms. We still don’t know if professional football matches are going to make a quick return with perhaps smaller attendances or with them being played behind closed doors, for now, we will have to wait and see what happens.

FAQ

Yes, multiple players and managers have been tested positive and this has quickly led to related matches being postponed. Many more sports have seen possible cases with multiple athletes being told to self-isolate.

The virus easily spreads via infected surfaces and airborne droplets. However, it is not completely understood how the disease is spreading with the possibility that many people without symptoms might be passing it on unknowingl

Yes, the number of positive patients are starting to increase significantly across the UK. Experts are almost certain that the overall number patients affected is set to increase over the coming weeks and months.

It is still unknown as to how the disease started but it is widely accepted that the virus is linked to an animal market in Wuhan, China. The earliest origin of the virus has been commonly linked to bats.

The main symptoms of the disease are very similar to flu-like symptoms, these include a high fever and a consistent cough that eventually leads to shortness of breath. These symptoms can be anywhere from mild to severe and fatal.

The best way to stop the spread and to prevent yourself from catching it is to practice a high level of hygiene every day. The best advice is to wash your hands regularly and to cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing.

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