CORONAVIRUS IN SPORTS

How COVID-19 has impacted the sports world

Utah Jazz teammates Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, who were both diagnosed with COVID-19

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Utah Jazz teammates Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, who were both diagnosed with COVID-19

Austin Travis, Editor-in-Chief

COVID-19 has been a devastating illness across the world, killing thousands and infecting many more. With the recent outbreak in the U.S.A. and other countries, more and more services are being shut down every day as the number of infected people continues to rise. The sports world has been one of the most harshly impacted, as all major sports leagues have postponed or cancelled events, and multiple athletes and other team personnel have been diagnosed with the virus. Here is a rundown of all impacts on the sports world.

 

NBA-Postponed and will be re-evaluated on April 11th; hope is to return to play in June with the Finals taking place in mid to late August. Team facilities have also been shutdown effective on March 20th.

NFL-The 2020 NFL Draft will be held without fans. However, the league year started on time on Wednesday.

MLB-All Spring Training games have been cancelled. Opening day could potentially be delayed as well.

NHL-Postponed.

MLS-All games postponed through May 10th.

NASCAR-All events postponed through May 3rd; plan is to return May 7th-8th for night race at Martinsville. 7 races were postponed: Atlanta, Homestead, Texas, Bristol, Richmond, Talladega, and Dover.

IndyCar-First four events have been cancelled: St Pete, Barber, Long Beach, and COTA.

F1-Season opening Australian GP and the Chinese GP in the fall have been cancelled; five other races are postponed: Bahrain GP, Vietnamese GP, Spanish GP, Dutch GP, and the famed Monaco GP.

Other Motorsports-The 24 Hours of Le Mans has been delayed to September 19th-20th. The 12 Hours of Sebring has been postponed to November 14th.

NCAA-All spring sports have been cancelled, including the Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments. Athletes affected could possibly be granted another year of eligibility by the NCAA.

XFL-Cancelled.

Golf- Masters has been postponed to an unknown date.

Horse Racing-The Kentucky Derby has been postponed to September 5th. Plans for the rest of the Triple Crown have not been announced.

Premier League-Postponed until April 4th.

UEFA Champions League-Postponed until further notice.

 

In addition to leagues being affected, there have also been athletes diagnosed with the virus too. Here’s all of the confirmed cases.

NBA- Utah Jazz-Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell

Brooklyn Nets-Kevin Durant and three others

Detroit Pistons-Christian Wood

NFL- New Orleans Saints-Head Coach Sean Payton

MLB- New York Yankees- Two unnamed Minor-League Players

NCAA- Cleveland State-Women’s Basketball Head Coach Chris Kielsmeier

XFL- Seattle Dragons-Unnamed Player

PGA Tour- Victor Lange

Champions League- Juventus-Daniele Rugani

Premier League- Arsenal-Manager Mikel Arteta

Chelsea-Callum Hudson-Odoi

La Liga- Real Madrid-Trey Thompkins

Serie A- Fiorentina-Dusan Vlahovic, Patrick Cutrone and German Fezzella

Flamengo-Jorge Jesus

Olympics- Olympic Committee Deputy chief Kozo Tashima

 

It’s weird seeing a whole world without sports, but it’s necessary at this juncture, as this has become a dire situation worldwide. Remember to wash your hands, use hand sanitizer, and practice social distancing!

 

Written on March 19th, 2020

 

Sources:

Fernandez, Gabriel. “Coronavirus: Kevin Durant among Athletes and Coaches Who Have Been Infected with COVID-19.” CBSSports.com, 17 Mar. 2020, www.cbssports.com/general/news/coronavirus-kevin-durant-among-athletes-and-coaches-who-have-been-infected-with-covid-19/.