Dr. Anthony Fauci: Some sports may have to skip this year.

News , Sports Apr 30, 2020 No Comments

The Covid-19 outbreak has forced professional sports leagues to be suspended without any clear sign of any return yet.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the world’s leading experts in infectious diseases, said that some sports leagues might have to consider to call off their seasons this year.

“Safety, for the players and for the fans, trumps everything,” Fauci told The New York Times. “If you can’t guarantee safety, then unfortunately you’re going to have to bite the bullet and say, ‘We may have to go without this sport for this season.'”

In this latest interview with The New York Times, Fauci again highlighted the importance of making COVID-19 tests that can determine quick results available for everyone. Currently, if sports leagues were to return, they could be taking tests away from people that really need them. Because of this, Fauci admitted that it’s going to be a slow process in terms of having sports return.

Since the coronavirus outbreak has happened, major sports league throughout the whole world has been suspended.

In the Europe, Serie A was first to suspend play with Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte banning sporting events in the Lombardy and Veneto regions in February.

It was then announced on March 4 that all matches in the country would have to be played behind closed doors before calling a halt to Serie A proceedings on March 9.

Just a few days later, La Liga was suspended after a Real Madrid basketball player tested positive for Covid-19 and the entire Real Madrid football team was placed in quarantine due to the two sides sharing a training facility.

The 2020 MLS season was just two weeks old when commissioner Don Garber postponed the campaign for at least a month on March 12 – a period which was subsequently extended.

March 13 proved to be arguably the most damning day in football, with the Premier LeagueLigue 1 and the Bundesliga all suspending their respective leagues in the space of 24 hours.

The English Football League suspended the Championship, League One and League Two on March 13.

NBA has also suspended its season after a player of the Utah Jazz team was tested positive for Covid-19.

NHL and MLB subsequently joined NBA to suspend their leagues as well.

“I would love to be able to have all sports back,” Fauci said. “But as a health official and a physician and a scientist, I have to say, right now, when you look at the country, we’re not ready for that yet.”


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