Euro 2020 will not be happening this summer. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, UEFA has made a decision that the tournament will instead take place from June 11th to July 11th of next year. In addition, the 2020 Copa America tournament is also to be postponed until 2021. The delays of these tournaments bring up questions regarding the 2022 World Cup qualifying phase, as well as the 2020 Olympic Games.
The decision to postpone Euro 2020 is to allow European domestic leagues to finish out their season. The outbreak of the coronavirus has already forced the Champions League and Europa League to be suspended. In addition, the Premier League as well as Ligue 1, La Liga, Serie A, and Bundesliga are all suspended. It’s unclear when play is to resume.
The suspension of soccer is a really tough pill to swallow for everyone. Players, fans, team front offices, journalists and even governments are struggling to deal with the matter. It’s come to the point where several countries in Europe are in a complete shutdown. At the end of the day, these decisions are for everyone’s safety. So far nearly 200,000 people have been infected and over 7,000 have lost their lives. On a positive note, over 80,000 victims have recovered. As the world struggles to deal with the matter, the best thing to do is to just pray and ride it out.
The situation is so bad that it’s not only soccer is not the only casualty. In the United States, the NBA, NHL, MLS, and even the PGA tour followed suit. Furthermore, MLB‘s Opening Day has reportedly been postponed until at least mid-May. Even worse is that March Madness isn’t happening at all this year. As far as the European Championship goes, it’s the first time that the tournament has been postponed. One way to say how the coronavirus is affecting sports is that it’s causing a large negative financial impact. In other words, people and teams are losing money.
At this point, it’s safe to say that the coronavirus is playing a role in the history of sports. In other words, the fact that the crisis is affecting sports is not going to be forgotten about. Unfortunately, the worst part about it is that this has a strong negative impact on history itself.
It remains unclear when sports will return and the nightmare will end. While the decisions are for everyone’s safety, there’s no doubt that there will be consequences regardless.