Coronavirus Hits Sports Events: Olympics 2020 & Other Events Stand Cancelled
The coronavirus crisis has affected sports events on a large scale. Consequently, the postponement of the scheduled dates for multiple events including the Olympics 2020 and the Wimbledon Tennis Tournament to be held this year has impacted sports organisations, broadcasters and fans. Rights holders and competition organisers are seriously hit by the losing revenue streams too.
Moreover, businesses that are dependent on sports events for their regular income will get affected for a long time. For instance: restaurants, pubs and cafes surrounded around the stadiums (although currently shut due to coronavirus pandemic) will witness revenue drop due to the postponement of sports events which would otherwise bring in a huge crowd to these social places.
To the utter dismay of athletes and fans, the Olympics 2020 will be officially opening on July 23, 2021 now. Since, the dates are clashing with The World Games 2021 in Birmingham, the IWGA is reviewing alternative dates for the sports event. Amid the coronavirus chaos, fans are also disappointed as the Olympics 2020 organising committee claims that the decision on the status of tickets purchased for this year’s games is yet to be taken.
The Wimbledon tournament 2020 has been cancelled for the first time since World War II. This cancellation could mean that the tennis champions Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Venus Williams have played at the All England Club for the last time. Speaking via his Twitter handle, mega player Federer said that he is ‘devastated’ and Simona Halep was reportedly “sad” post hearing the cancellation decision.
Despite feeling utter dejection for not being able to play the game, the sports players are optimistic about future games and are conscious about their contribution towards the society at this crucial time. As per Simona Halep, “Last year’s final will forever be one of the happiest days of my life! But we are going through something bigger than tennis and Wimbledon will be back! And it means I have even longer to look forward to defending my title.”
As sports events like Olympics 2020 have been cancelled for the year, people are turning in to playing virtual games. In such circumstances, maintaining physical fitness seems to be quite a challenge for all the athletes as well. However, the new dates for different sports events in one way are acting as a motivational force to many athletes who have been following their fitness regimes directly from home.
Many from the sports fraternity across the globe are hopeful of things returning to their normal course soon and this positive spirit will do good to help them sail through this lull.