Coronavirus and sports: IPL postponed till April 15, Formula E suspended for two months
With the world batting the novel coronavirus, sporting events across the world including the prestigious IPL and ISL have taken a beating, with governments trying to control the pandemic by asking the events to be cancelled.
The novel coronavirus, which was recently declared a pandemic, has shook the foundations of sporting events across the world with important tournaments being either postponed or cancelled. The NBA was suspended on Wednesday night after a Utah Jazz player was confirmed positive with COVID-19 while the Australian GP has been cancelled after a McLaren staff was found to have been affected by the deadly virus.
As things stand, the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) has not been suspended though there are calls for it to be either postponed or played behind closed doors, as state governments battle hard in Indian to control the virus from spreading. Sporting events usually mean a large number of people gathering together and an increased chance of the virus spreading.
In England, multiple clubs have announced that their staff and players have been affected by COVID-19. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has been tested positive while Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi has also been quarantined. Three Leicester City players have also been quarantined as the Premier League mulls suspending the season.
Players and managers that have tested positive for coronavirus:— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) March 13, 2020
Timo Hubers (Hannover)
Daniele Rugani (Juventus)
Jannes Horn (Hannover)
Manolo Gabbiadini (Sampdoria)
Mikel Arteta (Arsenal)
Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea) pic.twitter.com/842F9RfC8j
Indian football is facing the wrath of the coronavirus too with the prestigious Indian Super League final between Chennaiyin FC and FC Goa will be played behind closed doors. The much-awaited Kolkata derby between Mohun Bagan and East Bengal in the I-League is also set to be played without the audience as state governments take affirmative steps to curb coronavirus from spreading in India.
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PREMIER LEAGUE TO BE SUSPENDED UNTIL NEXT MONTH
The league's bosses are set to meet in around an hour to set out plans for the rest of the season after a number of squads have been left in isolation by coronavirus.
After Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea star Callum Hudson-Odoi confirmed they had been affected by COVID-19 yesterday, the league is facing growing calls to suspend.
It is understood some clubs, who are currently facing relegation, are calling for the season to be cancelled.
But it looks more likely the league will be suspended until after the international break later this month, with fixtures potentially resuming on April 4.
Everton football club has made a statement as Premier League contemplates shutting down or postponing.
IPL suspended till April 15
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced that it decided to suspend the Indian Premier League (IPL) till April 15 amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The tournament was supposed to start from March 29.
????Announcement????: #VIVOIPL suspended till 15th April 2020 as a precautionary measure against the ongoing Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) situation.— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) March 13, 2020
More details ➡️ https://t.co/hR0R2HTgGg pic.twitter.com/azpqMPYtoL
In a statement released on Friday, Jay Shah, Honorary Secretary, BCCI said that the decision was taken as “a precautionary measure against the ongoing Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) situation.”
“The BCCI is concerned and sensitive about all its stakeholders, and public health in general, and it is taking all necessary steps to ensure that, all people related to IPL including fans have a safe cricketing experience,” read the statement.
After the Australian Gp, it is now the turn of Formula E to take preventive action. Formula E and the FIA have decided to suspend races for a two-month period, according to a press release.
The statement said: “Decision to temporarily suspend season taken as most responsible course of action to protect championship workforce against continued spread of COVID-19. Series introduces red, yellow and green flag-based system to determine different phases and time windows to restart season and evaluate rearranging races.”
Callum Hudson Odoi speaks on COVID-19 as Premier League contemplates postponing fixtures for four weeks
Nita Ambani, Founder Chairperson, Football Sports Development Limited speaks on ISL final
“The Indian Super League 2019-20 season has witnessed high intensity, great sportsman spirit and tremendous fan excitement. We have received immense love and support from fans throughout the season and witnessing passionate fans cheering their teams is truly an overwhelming sight. The final in Goa would have been no less.
We were as excited as the fans for the finals, but in public interest and for the safety and health of the fans, we have decided to host the finals behind closed doors.
I thank the fans for coming and supporting their heroes, teams and the ISL throughout the season and wishing both ATK FC and Chennaiyin FC my best for the final.”
Arteta has CV so you rightly postpone the game. LCFC and Chelsea both have players with CV however their games aren’t postponed purely because their games are on TV. Shame on you @btsportfootball @SkyFootball @premierleague #Covid_19— Pete Neville (@petertneville) March 13, 2020
Should the Premier League be cancelled? Mikel Arteta and Callum Hudson Odoi's cases haven't deterred the cash-rich Premier League who are apparently keen on running things as it is. Would it be a blunder to continue a league in these times? Folks on Twitter certainly think so.
If Hudson-Odoi has tested positive, there's a certainty that everyone in the Chelsea squad including backroom staff members have contracted the virus too. Same for Mikel Arteta and Arsenal. Now this is a terrible situation.— Wale Adetona (@iSlimfit) March 13, 2020
The FA should cancel the League already!
Players and managers that have tested positive for coronavirus: Timo Hubers (Hannover) Daniele Rugani (Juventus) Jannes Horn (Hannover) Manolo Gabbiadini (Sampdoria) Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea), reports ESPN.
The COVID-19 is certainly not sparing any top league!