Coronavirus is affecting sporting events worldwide

Coronavirus is affecting sporting events worldwide

Lilly Fulks, News and Features Section Editor

As Coronavirus continues to spread, events all around the world are starting to cancel, and others are questioning whether or not they should continue. With the virus starting to cross borders, people are beginning to question whether or not we will see the end of this year’s soccer season.


China was the first area to be shut down the soccer season, after officials began to lose control of the virus. In their case, the season never even started, with it’s officials deciding to delay the start of the season, and keep teams that traveled to preseason training in the Middle East.


The next to be hit was South Korea and Japan, who have been seen with stadiums full of face masks.


Until recently, when teams went from playing in empty stadiums, to not playing at all.


Now as the scare of the virus starts to cross borders, people are starting to watch the sport diminish. Vietnam was quick to close their soccer season, banning any type of sport event to be hosted in their country.


Europe is the next to fall, with Italy being at the top of the list. As the cases of coronavirus begin to rise, spectator numbers begin to plummet. The games are being played behind closed doors as authorities proceed to limit public gathering.


They have also began to postpone games, with four being postponed in the last week.


“I knew this was going to happen, the world’s starting to become paranoid as the virus continues to be talked about. Soon it will be to the point where everything is shut down, and the world is pretty much desolate,” said RHS senior Colton Brasier.  


As the number of games and seasons being canceled or rescheduled all around the world increases, officials are starting to worry that they will run out of alternative dates for the matches. 


This is why places like Italy are struggling to simply postpone the season, and have instead chosen to play behind locked doors. China and other asian teams are hoping to reach the same conclusion, but are beginning to lose hope as coronavirus proceeds to be at the top of world news.


“I think it is being blown out of proportion, there’s no reason to shut it down,” said RHS senior Olivia Joosten. 


No matter where the team is from, or the action they are taking, there is no denying that coronavirus is leaving a cloudy future for all of them, and many are questioning what is going to happen with the last of the soccer season.