The Coronavirus Causes Sports to Halt Worldwide
The Coronavirus, now properly known as COVID19 was announced as a pandemic recently. With the ever growing fears, cases and deaths. It was inevitable that major sporting leagues would be affected.
The NBA had decided to suspend it’s season after Jazz All-Star Rudy Gobert had been tested positive for COVID19. Teammate Donovan Mitchell had also contracted the virus. Teams and their staff that had recently played the Jazz, such as the Raptors are currently in quarantine and are awaiting test results.
Other sporting leagues had soon followed suit.
- National Hockey League (NHL) *Suspension of season with intent to reopen later*
AHL, ECHL, and all CHL leagues suspended their season too.
- Major League Baseball (MLB) *Cancellation of Spring Training and delay of the regular season by a minimum of 2 weeks*
- Major League Soccer (MLS) *Suspension of season for 30 days minimum*
- National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) *Winter & Spring tournaments cancelled*
- PGA Golf Tour *Will play with no fans in attendance*
- La Liga & Premier League suspend seasons.
As the day progressed, and more leagues announced their suspensions/cancellations, the Government of Ontario announced that they had ordered school boards to cancel all elementary and high school classes for 2 weeks after the March Break week. This also included in sporting tournaments that were scheduled if that hadn’t been cancelled already. Colleges and Universities still remain open with the exception for a few late announcements.
March 12th, 2020 will always be remembered as the day the world stood still.
The decision to suspend the season in each respective sport was the right call and a logical one to make. As the summer and warm weather is near, the virus is expected to exponentially decrease to half life where we will see numbers in cases fall and hopefully we will make progress in finding a vaccine.
May God be with us all.
Christopher Adamo (@adamotweets )