Writer: Solenne Santos
Editor: Somya Duggal
Visual: Joaquin Padilla
The widespread coronavirus pandemic has started to affect many areas of our lives. Schools have been closed, malls are now shut, and many sports events that people all over the world have waited for have been canceled. Here are a few of the sports that have made the decision to end or postpone their season.
The National Basketball Association (N.B.A) from the United States was the first sport to call off their season. The last game held in March between the Utah Jazz and the Oklahoma City Thunders unknowingly had a player who was infected with the virus. As Rudy Gobert from the Utah Jazz team was confirmed positive, the NBA did not hesitate to cancel all further matches for the season. While Gobert was the first player to test positive, he definitely was not the last. Many other players such as Kevin Durant and Marcus Smart have tested positive as well.
Following the NBA, Major League Baseball is another group to cancel its season. The league first decided to suspend its pre-season spring training and delay the opening day by two weeks. However, in response to the rapidly diffusing virus, the season has been postponed indefinitely. The threat of the virus was too big to ignore. Despite the fact that the league continued its schedule during the Second World War, the virus doesn’t spare anyone, causing the cancellation of the season.
The French Open, one of the four major grand slams events in tennis, has been postponed to September. The event was scheduled to occur in May but was threatened by a large lockdown all over Europe. The change in dates was a controversial decision in the tennis community as it coincides with other events such as the Laver Cup, an event headed by the twenty-time Grand Slam champion, Roger Federer. The tournament’s change of dates has caused stepbacks and conflicts within the association.
While these are only a few of the major sports events canceled, it is clear that the virus does not only affect our health but it also indirectly affects other areas of our life, including the sports we watch for entertainment. The faster the disease curve is flattened, the sooner we will be able to enjoy the tournaments, games, and competitions that would have been played throughout the year.