The Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Global Sports
The global outbreak of novel coronavirus disease has resulted in an economic slowdown, business disruption, travel obstructions and so on. Most governments around the world have temporarily closed educational institutions and sports activities to reduce the spread of coronavirus.
We all know that Sports play a major role in economic and social development. Sports organizations have many sources of income which includes advertising, media, ticket sales etc.
The Major Sports events around the world that are rescheduled due to the Covid–19 are as follows:
Olympics : The International Olympic Committee has concluded the Tokyo Olympic must be postponed and will take place from July 23 to August 8, 2021. It was originally scheduled to take place from July 24 to August 9 this year. The Olympic games postponed for the 1st time in its 124 years of modern history.
Paralympics : The Paralympic Games will also reschedule from August 24 to Sept 5, 2021.
Football : The remaining matches of the UEFA Champions league finally happened in August. And the final match was on the 23rd of august 2020, between Bayern Munich and PSG. The Champion team was FC Bayern Munich. But there were no spectators in the stadium.
Copa America and Euro 2020 were also postponed. The tournaments will now be staged from June 11 to July 11, 2021.
Asian Champions League was shifted back to September.
Cricket : IPL (Indian Premier League) has been scheduled now from 19 September to 10 November 2020 in UAE.
Marathons : The London Marathon has been postponed until October. The Boston Marathon has been cancelled for the first time.
World Games : The 2021 World Games have been moved back by a year to avoid the clash with the Olympic Games.
The Phase of returning to sports:
Currently the sports that can maintain social distancing are allowed by following the orders of government. No player can be within 6 feet of each other, groups should be not more than 10 individuals including coaches, all equipment consistently be cleaned. Each country and state are slowly returning to sports participation, we highly recommend the athletes to have a “phased approach” to reduce the risk of community spread. In the early phases, individual workouts and activities at home via online may be considered.
Risk levels of the following sports are:
Low Risk Sports : Sports that allow for individual participation and physical distancing, like Individual running events, cross country with staggered starts, golf, weightlifting, bowling, bicycling.
Moderate Risk Sports : Sports that are bit more involvement in close contacts like Baseball, lawn tennis, table tennis, badminton, volleyball.
High Risk Sports: Football, wrestling, competitive cheerleading, martial arts and field hockey.
Sharing of Equipment:
Sports without the sharing of equipment, like running events, cross country will likely be less risky than sports such as football, rugby. These are played with a shared ball.
The more people interacts with, the greater the chance of COVID – 19 exposure. Practice in small groups or teams, rather than mixing with other teams.
The Unlock 4.0 guidelines in India will allow sports activities from September 21. Gathering of up to 100 people allowed by govt. (source from Times Now) Recently we have reopened our training center, which is named as “Champions Table Tennis Academy” at Pune. With special permission from the Sports Commissioner of Maharashtra and with the following rules and regulations.
- A hand sanitizer machine has been placed inside the academy.
- Social distancing of 12 feet with each other.
- More than 5 players are not allowed during the practice session.
- The spectators are not allowed for now.