Along with birthdays, weddings, festivals and concerts, sports has been massively affected by the coronavirus. This week saw the postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. It will now be taking place in 2021.
The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, originally scheduled to be held from 24 July-9 August 2020, will “be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021.”https://t.co/MZrvZAqipL
— Olympic Channel (@olympicchannel) March 24, 2020
Many Olympians spoke out on their social media platform encouraging people to stay at home. Most praised the postponement, agreeing that waiting another year was the right decision.
It is not only the Olympics that has taken a hit in the sporting world.
“After such intense training, it’s a massive shame that we’ve had to postpone, but I know I’m not the only sports player who is feeling GUTTED right now”
Jack Wiles – Ultra White Collar Boxing
One of the first sports to begin postponing matches was football. With the season currently suspended until further notice. It’s also affected football leagues around the country. Dean Pritchard is a coach at Silverdale FC. He told us how the coronavirus crisis has impacted his team.
The virus has also led to the postponement of Ultra White Collar Boxing. A training programme, where people who have never boxed before learn how to over eight weeks, and at the end of the scheme fight in their first boxing match, to raise money for Cancer Research.
Jack Wiles, has signed up for the programme, he said “after such intense training, it’s a massive shame that we’ve had to postpone, but I know I’m not the only sports player who is feeling gutted right now.”
It has also just been reported, that after several emergency meetings, Wimbledon will not be going ahead. This year’s cancellation is the first since World War 2. This won’t be the summer of sport, that’s for sure.