COVID-19 Impacts on Sports

Olympic athletes are facing their most difficult test: planning for the future!

The world has been in a frenzy since learning about the Coronavirus/COVID-19 during the past few months. The initial outbreak started in the city of Wuhan in China on December 2019. The topic has received plenty of news coverage from 24-hour news channels to mainstream Internet news websites. It is the topic of government meetings and news programs worldwide. Understandably,  the sporting world has been impacted by the rescheduling and cancelling of local, regional and international events.

In a recent article in Insidethegames.biz, The International Olympic Committee made no mention of any cancellation for the Olympic Games this year in Tokyo.  The 2020 Olympics are due to take place in Tokyo from 24 July to 9 August. At a recent 2-day Executive Board Meeting of the IOC in Lausanne, Switzerland, President Thomas Bach reported that the games will proceed on schedule; although the torch relay may be scaled back.  Japan’s Olympics minister has noted, however, that their contract with the IOC does provide for a postponement for extenuating circumstances.  The Asia Sevens rugby tournament, scheduled as a pre-Olympics event, was cancelled on March 4th.  We expect to see more cancellations in the coming weeks and months. 

As of March 6, 2020 there have been 3,410 people who have died because of Coronavirus and there are more than 100,625 who have been infected with the disease. The IOC will be giving updates concerning the wellbeing and updates at the following sites below which include resources to sport events that are impacted:

  • Athlete365 – IOC’s athlete platform that provides tools, services and articles that are beneficial to athlete development.
  • IOC News – The main website of the IOC and the Olympic Movement.
  • The World Health Organization has a special section of their website dedicated to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 disease. A great resource concerning what the disease is, how to protect yourself, travel advice and updated situation reports. There is also a database of publications concerning the disease as well as additional resources.
  • The BBC has an article about sporting events that were impacted by the virus. Insidethegames.biz is also another source to find about cancellations. You can also check with your local, regional and International sport federations for closings as well as professional leagues.

Lastly, another important warning is that the Coronavirus not only impacts health but also cybersecurity. According to the article Attackers Taking Advantage of the Coronavirus/COVID there have been documentation of benign attacks, social engineering and malicious links.

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