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Sporting Events During the Pandemic

Published on Jul 26, 2021   -  5 min read

Abstract

If you are into any sporting event and plan a trip to an outdoor or indoor stadium, or you are an organizer or an athlete, you need to follow some precautionary measures to protect yourselves and others from the pandemic. Scroll down, and you will definitely get benefitted from this. Get to know how such events increase the risk of COVID-19 cases and how you can tackle it.

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How Pandemic Impacted the Sports Industry:

Sporting events attract a large group of people to gather, including the spectators or fans, organizers, workers like securities, medical personnel, media, coaches, multipurpose workers, etc., and athletes. Keeping this pandemic in mind, almost all the sporting events were canceled by the authorities due to lockdown and restrictions imposed by the governments to control the spread of COVID-19. From then, there are alternating highs and lows of COVID-19 cases coinciding with opening up and lockdown conditions.

From the initial strict lockdown of various nations worldwide to the present near-normal conditions, different governments have come up with numerous relaxations in the restrictions from time to time to keep the world’s economy going. Conducting sporting events is also a similar process. This would employ a lot of people who had lost their jobs in this field during the pandemic. Though experts are concerned with the rapid hike in COVID-19 cases that such events would cause, the show must go on, but not at the expense of people’s lives. An eye to the individual’s health is of utmost importance.

Does Conducting Sports Events Fuel the Pandemic?

COVID-19 is a contagious disease that spreads through one’s airborne droplets while speaking, coughing, sneezing, kissing, using contaminated hands to touch others, shaking hands, etc. Public gatherings, crowding, meetings, and minimal interpersonal distance act as the superspreaders of coronavirus. Conducting sports events is also something similar. It results in the quick spread of the COVID-19 infection among the people gathered to view, work, or participate in the event. Further, it leads to infection transmission from the affected person to others they meet on the way and their family and friends.

How Do Sports Events Cause a Hike in COVID-19 Cases?

What Measures Help Reduce COVID-19 Cases During Sporting Events?

For Fans:

For Sportspersons, Volunteers, Trainers, and Others at the Event:

For Organizers:

Conclusion:

Though it is difficult to make the game environment completely COVID-19-free due to the nature of the disease, it is highly possible to reduce the number of casualties. With the increasing mortality rates and virulence of mutating coronavirus, people and authorities must be watchful of their COVID-19 control measures in any sporting event.

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