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.
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 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.
“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.”