MK Dons football stadium - just one of the many closures as the football season is postponed

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.

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.

Olympians taking to social media, reacting to the postponement of the olympics. Left to right: Tom Daly, Katerina Johnson-Thompson and Dafne Schippers

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.”

White collar boxing training session, before lockdown.

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.