How Novel Coronavirus has hit the sporting world!
All across the globe, all kinds of sporting events, small and major, have been cancelled because of the Coronavirus pandemic. Because of COVID-19, there are some sports that are going to be affected much more than other sports.
Globally, the sports industry is estimated to be valued at US $756 billion annually.
Sport is globally recognized as a big contributor to social and economic development. The Political Declaration of the 2030 Agenda, states:
“The contribution sports make to the empowerment of women and of young people, individuals and communities, as well as to health, education and social inclusion objectives.”
To protect athletes and others involved, from Novel Coronavirus, almost all major sporting events that were scheduled to take place all over the globe in the year 2020, have been cancelled or postponed. These include ice hockey, weightlifting, athletics, basketball, marathons, cricket, football, rugby, wrestling and so many others.
Even the Olympics and Paralympics have been postponed and these are now scheduled to take place in 2021, because of Novel Coronavirus. Even the Euro 2020 has been postponed.
As a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, all over the globe, millions of jobs associated with the sporting world, have come to a stop. Worse still, millions of people could lose their jobs, if this Coronavirus disease continues for a long time. These jobs are not just of sports professionals, but also those jobs associated with the sporting industry, such as infrastructure, catering, travel, media broadcasting, transportation, tourism and many others.
The Novel Coronavirus has also badly affected professional athletes, as they are under all kinds of pressures like trying to keep fit while at home, rescheduling their training and perhaps the biggest problem facing them is that they could risk losing sponsors, as these sponsors may now not be willing to support them, as had been agreed initially.