I don't think they have to cancel the Olympics just yet. And I would be cool with a reduced Olympics, where only the sports that have officially named qualifiers participate. I sure hope it happens in some form, anyways.
I'm on the E-mail list of three golf courses. One of them is Knob Hill which put out a statement today saying they'll take tee time reservations (max of three days in advance) by the Internet or phone only ... no walk-ons and no payments made in the clubhouse. Only the restroom in the clubhouse will be open (no more than three people inside at once, please). No refreshments available, but you can bring your own food and non-alcoholic drinks.
We've had an extremely mild winter (one 3" snow storm, that's it), but there are few warm-enough days to play this month. I just want to practice for now ... got in a session of hitting 30+ eight irons in the park this past Tuesday ... Saturday afternoon might be warm enough for another session.
There is now a trickle of support from national sports federations to postpone the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics until 2021, and when the 2nd most powerful sports executive in the world outside of the IOC (the 1st would of course be FIFA President Gianni Infantino) starts having reservations the world suddenly starts to notice. I refer of course to IAAF president, former London 2012 organizing committee chairman and former Olympic champion Sebastian Coe.
Just announced: the AFL (Aussie rules football) has suspended the 2020 season at the conclusion of today's final opening round matches until 31 May, a date to be reviewed by the end of April. The AFLW (the women's competition) will conclude their season after today's second semifinal with no champion to be crowned. The announcement came during halftime of the Hawthorn/Brisbane match, which was played before nearly 100,000 empty seats at the cavernous Melbourne Cricket Ground. The players probably won't be told until the game is over. Truly surreal sight and since FS1 simulcast it here it will likely be the last live sport from anywhere that we'll see for awhile.
The men's World Hockey Championships, slated to be held in Switzerland in May, have been cancelled.
Despite the AFL's suspension the National Rugby League will doggedly press onwards as round 2 concludes today. They believe they can get around the interstate travel restrictions by flying charter rather than commercial aircraft, but other logistical challenges abound. For starters, the New Zealand Warriors have to play all of their games in Australia because of border restrictions between the two countries. Two of their players went home briefly to bring their families to Australia, but they'll have to be isolated for 2 weeks before they can play again. More unusually all of the league's players have been ordered to stay off of Tinder and other dating apps to help prevent the virus' spread. Then for a day or so before each match the players are isolated from the rest of the population after they're screened and of course the games are held in empty stadiums with just the TV crew and security present. All this in an effort to keep the sport going and generate much needed TV revenue to get through this season. One wonders why they would be doing this while nearly the rest of Australia is being shut down. Time will tell.
There is something happening now that has my blood boiling, people saying they have the cancel the Olympics right now "because athletes won't be ready". That is some selfish BS. The Olympics won't be postponed, they will be CANCELLED if they can't take place. I don't give a F about how "prepared" they are. This is not about winning this time. If they can safely hold the Olympics, even if it's only the outdoor sports with no spectators... they should do that. Take one for the Team... the "Team" being humanity.
The most impressive sports accomplishment i have witnessed in my lifetime ( and i'm old ) was Japan winning the Women's World Cup. This was right after Fukushima, and the Japan team couldn't even TRAIN at all. They could only run laps. And every single player on the team had MULTIPLE people close to them who had died. And through sheer force of will they WON the damn thing over the supposedly unbeatable US team.
So national Olympic organizers need to STFU about "being ready". I find that absolutely offensive. "Being ready" is WAY down on the list of what's important right now. That's not what the Olympics are supposed to be about, especially now.
Last Edit: Mar 23, 2020 15:41:12 GMT by SayYouSeRi
The NRL did finally read the room and suspend their season, the day after the AFL.
A good part of the misery that both Italy and Spain are going through now can be traced to ONE soccer match, albeit an important UEFA Champions League match. It was staged in mid February in Milan between Atalanta from nearby Bergamo and visiting side Valencia.
Rescheduling the Olympics and Paralympics promises to be a complicated process. In addition to slotting in around the other events that were previously scheduled to be held in 2021 there's also the Euro 2020, the continental soccer tournament that was to have concluded this summer but like the Olympics and Paralympics has also been pushed back to next year. Then there is the availability of the venues in Japan, since some of them were scheduled to host events in 2021, and the apartments in the athlete's village have already been sold off with the expectation that their new owners would be occupying them as soon as the Paralympics conclude.