A year and a month ago the world collapsed. The pandemic forced organizations to postpone, postpone and in many cases cancel sporting events. The Olympic Games were not saved, the America’s Cup was not saved, some cycling races were postponed and in the case of Formula 1 a new calendar was needed. This year the situation may be similar, the vaccine has not set the stage for sporting events to evade the reality of the countries.
Now, being the middle of April, the calendars are about to undergo further changes, the Olympic Games were ratified and the Olympic flame has already begun its journey, however a senior official from Japan assured that the cancellation could be a reality, before the high infection rates.
The president of Argentina called for good sense, since the organization of the Cup is just around the corner and the South American country maintains its alert for the health emergency. Formula 1 canceled one of its great prizes and the Roland Garros calendar was run with the intention of being able to compete, France is no stranger to world news.
The general secretary of the ruling party of Japan, Toshiro Nikai, said that the cancellation of the Olympic Games scheduled for this summer in Tokyo is “one of the options” in case the situation of the pandemic in his country continues to worsen.
27 sports are still pending qualification or scoring pre-Olympic tournaments for the ranking that will distribute the Olympic places, after the suspension by the IOC of the boxing pre-Olympic in America. The qualifications will last until the end of June, which prevents the draw for pairings for Tokyo 2020 in disciplines such as rugby or beach volleyball.
The postponement of the Copa América 2020 was already a reality, this Thursday the president of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, announced the closure of shops and schools due to a record number of infections of more than 25,000 cases, and on the tournament he asked for a cool head: ” I do not want to frustrate the spectacle of the Copa América, but I want us to be very sensible, very careful. We have some time ahead to analyze and see how things evolve, to see how we can master the problem. “
The president added,: “The sports authorities have to act with great attention. What is happening in the Argentine soccer teams is a sample of what can happen when we leave Argentina to play in countries where the problem is more acute. still”.
The Roland Garros tournament will be delayed in the hope that an improvement in the epidemic situation in France will allow it to develop under more normal conditions, it will be held between May 30 and June 13.
The French Tennis Federation (FFT) made the postponement of the tournament official, that is, without changes to the scheduled dates, the objective of the organizers would be to be able to welcome more public in the stands if the restrictions due to the coronavirus were progressively lifted. Faced with the epidemic rebound that France has been suffering for more than a month, the Government established a regime of recommendations and restrictions planned until the end of the month.
The president, Emmanuel Macron, wanted to give the population perspectives by pointing out that all these restrictions would be gradually lifted from mid-May, in a scenario yet to be determined. Last year, Roland Garros moved from its traditional dates, between the end of May and the beginning of June, to September, also because of the covid.
The Montreal Formula 1 Grand Prix, one of the classics of the championship and which was to be held this year on June 13, has been canceled for the second consecutive year as a result of covid-19.
The decision has been made by the Montreal health authorities after determining that even without the presence of the public in the stands, the celebration of the race poses a serious danger of spreading the disease because the team members would be in contact with hundreds of volunteers who make the Grand Prix possible.