There is a lot of uncertainty in the world as the Coronavirus continues infecting and killing thousands of people.
Major sporting events have been affected entirely as many people have to stay home in observance of measures put in place by the world health organization.
Football Leagues across have been suspended due to the spread of the virus which has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics have also been affected with that event also under threat of being postponed.
In Africa, CAF have already postponed all of its football competitions, including the CHAN which was set to kick off in 11 days time.
World governing body FIFA has come out strongly during this crisis on how it is looking to give direction on the adjustment of the calendar.
On March 18, 2020 The Bureau of the FIFA Council chaired by FIFA President Gianni Infantino convened by conference call to address the exceptional circumstances created by the COVID-19 virus outbreak and decided unanimously:
- To include the new dates of the CONMEBOL Copa América and the UEFA EURO (11 June to 11 July 2021) in the International Match Calendar and to decide at a later stage when to schedule the new FIFA Club World Cup which was due to take place in June/July 2021;
- To create a FIFA-Confederations working group, monitoring the evolving situation, working closely together and agreeing on a coordinated approach addressing the consequences of this pandemic:
* Calendar: Ensuring appropriate global solutions are eventually found for competitions at all levels considering the needs of all stakeholders while always keeping the health of all participants as a first priority;
* Transfer of players: Assessing the need for amendments or temporary dispensations to the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players’ to protect contracts for both players and clubs and adjusting player registration periods; and
* Potential support fund: Assessing the economic impact faced by the various football stakeholders in each continent to analyze if a support fund at global level will be required and how in that case concrete support mechanisms should be defined.
The impact the coronavirus has on the sporting world in immense both socially and economically. The beautiful game is meant to bring people together.
Many Football players, coaches, fans and club support staff have to stay home and self-Isolate. But many are not laying down.
Many sports personalities from around the world have united to spread messages on the coronavirus and how to beat it. Football stars have united to help fight the disease SO THAT many lives are saved.
A lot of people have been left to ask, “When will football return?” The question is inconsequential at the moment. The health and safety of everyone is the greatest priority at the moment.