As the COVID19 continues to work its way through the United States, sporting events and seasons are being canceled or suspended in an effort to protect players and fans from the virus.
The NBA went first on Wednesday after Rudy Gobert, a member of the Utah Jazz, tested positive for the virus. This pushed the league to suspend the remainder of the season until further notice and test multiple other players for the virus.
The MLB also announced on Thursday that it is suspending the season for at least two weeks and pausing all league operations, including spring training. The NBA and MLB were then joined by the NHL, which decided to suspend its season for similar reasons.
March Madness, the popular college basketball tournament, was canceled as well. The NCAA originally announced that March Madness games would be played without fans in attendance. However, following the NBA’s decision to suspend its season, the NCAA canceled the tournament altogether. March Madness joins the other 14 conference basketball tournaments that were canceled due to the virus.
Other event cancellations include PGA Tour events, NASCAR’s next two races in Atlanta and Miami, and Formula One’s upcoming race in Australia. The UFC also announced that it will be holding events without fans.
These cancellations certainly do not come as a surprise. Fans of these sports leagues have been preparing for major changes in recent weeks as COVID19 continued to quickly spread across the country.
However, while fans may have expected these cancellations, there is still a lot of uncertainty regarding when these leagues will resume their normal operations. The NBA, for example, said it will reevaluate the situation in 30 days; however, it seems unlikely that circumstances will improve much within the next month.
Many are also wondering what this means for the 2020 Olympics set to take place in Tokyo. As the COVID19 continues to spread internationally, the possibility of the Olympics being delayed or canceled increases.
While the future of the 2020 Olympics may still be up in the air, things will continue on as normal for the time being. The ceremony in which the Olympic torch is passed to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics organizers will be closed to the public with 100 accredited guests in attendance.
Article By: Connor Beam