The Coronavirus and Sport: A Further Update!

By Prof Dr Ian Blackshaw

Sport, especially association football, is being further impacted at an unprecedented rate by the corona virus pandemic and here are some further examples of the developing situation.

In The Netherlands, for example, all professional and amateur sports activities have been cancelled until the end of this month, even training sessions in some places.

In England, Premier League games and other top-level football fixtures have been suspended until 3 April at least, although it is thought likely, given the trajectory of the virus, that there will further suspensions.

England two friendlies, the Women’s Super League and the FA Women’s Championship, due to take place at Wembley, later in the month, have also been suspended.

Matches in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are also off.

The Executive Committee of UEFA will meet on Tuesday to decide the fate of the Champions and Europa Leagues and will also consider postponing this year’s EURO 2020 Football Championships until the summer of 2021.

For example, in the States, the NBA has suspended its regular season for an indefinite period of time, and the MLB has delayed the start of its regular season by at least two weeks. Also, NASCAR will hold races at Atlanta Motorspeedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway without any spectators.

The National Lacrosse League is suspending all its games until further notice.

The ATP is also suspending its men’s professional tennis tour for six weeks.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has announced that it is postponing the opening ceremony of its Olympic aquatics centre, planned for 22 March, and there are also rumours that the Summer Games themselves may be postponed until the end of the year.

This is grim news all round for sport and sports fans alike and the overall situation is expected to get worse!

Prof Dr Ian Blackshaw may be contacted by e-mail at ‘ian.blackshaw@orange.fr’