With the cancellation of all sporting events, the U.S. has had its fair share of panic over the last week. Basketball, baseball, softball, golf and even motorsports are at a standstill. but the rest of the world is also feeling the same impact over multiple sports cancellations across the globe.
International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) is one of the largest sports leagues in the world, bringing in about $4.6 billion each year. With Europe feeling effects of COVID-19, soccer is being shut down just like many sports across the U.S. This started with the Italian football club Juventus, who had the first confirmed case in soccer with defensemen Daniele Rugani. It was not a shock to many that an Italian team would have COVID-19 due to the high rate of confirmed cases in Italy.
Juventus, just three days before their confirmed case, played against Inter Milan in a match that would be its last due to the current postponement of European soccer. Although Rugani did not participate in the game, 28 people did and each of those players, as a result, would be in danger of being contaminated by the coronavirus, which can be spread through physical contact. It is stories like the one of Rugani which has sporting teams shutting their programs down around the world.
The biggest question being held is, how will the virus affect the 2020 Olympics in Japan? Japan is not too far away from China, which is where the virus is believed to have started. Many people including President Donald Trump believe the games should be moved to a later date. According to Reuters, Trump believes that the Olympic committee should look to push back the games for a year, to 2021.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe does not share that concern. Abe believes that the country is not quite to the state of emergency that other countries like China, Iran and Italy might be. At this time the Olympic committee has not confirmed any date changes, but older athletes, like U.S. hurdler Lolo Jones, are worried due to the lack of time left to be in peak physical performance.
The U.S. is not the only place dealing with strife centered around league cancelations. This worldwide pandemic has hit the sports world hard and the only way to get through it is to continue to stay up to date on world sports news.