8th to 14th June
This past week we had our first international sporting events. The Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, normally the home of the Utah Utes football team, was transformed to make way for the FIM Supercross World Championship to resume from the 31st May. We had the second race on Wednesday and the third will be tomorrow. In total the stadium will host six races with the finals scheduled for the 21st June. Based on the official standings provided by Supercross Live, Eli Tomac currently leads the 450SX category, while the 250SX category is divided between East and West. Shane McElrath and Dylan Ferrandis head these standings respectively. This is the way forward now for various sporting codes to adapt to the circumstances. Most government directives from a month ago appear to be more stricter than what they are now, which makes the unfolding of future events very difficult to predict. The possibility that spectators may be allowed to attend events appear to be stronger now, albeit not in full capacity with effective social distancing still being encouraged. We are most likely still a couple of months away from that, but it is definitely greater news than earlier reports stating sport would resume behind closed doors at least until the end of the year.
There are still several major tours and events being cancelled. In some cases we wonder whether it may not have been too soon to announce. The Ashes, in this instance the rugby league tour between England and Australia scheduled for October/November this year, has been called off. There may be a number of reasons not revealed to us. Assuming important sponsors have not pulled out and that we continue to ease restrictions as each month passes, international travel would be at an advanced stage by October. This is also major annual event on the rugby league calendar. The various sporting seasons having been affected, has presented many to rethink their calendars. Rugby union appears to be taking the progressive steps in unifying a global season. Up until this point, the two hemispheres were operating independently with only June and November presented as opportunities for cross-border international matches. Contact training has now been permitted in most nations, which means Premiership Rugby (England's premier rugby union competition) will resume on the 15th August. It will condense the season as some Six Nations matches still need to be played. What this means for southern hemisphere rugby is their seasons will be moved to later in the year and an event like the Rugby Championship could feature at the same time as the Six Nations.
The West Indies cricket team will arrive in England on the 9th June and will remain in one location before the first test starts on the 8th July. Another season that has unfortunately been cancelled, is the W Series, the female-only racing series due to have started in St Petersburg on the 30th May. So far, the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Oslo on Thursday still appears to be on the cards.
Here are the events for the week.
Friday to Sunday - Pan America Armwrestling & Para Armwrestling Championship - San José, Costa Rica
Thursday - Oslo Bislett Games - Oslo, Norway
Thursday to Sunday - Charles Schwab Challenge - Fort Worth, TX, USA
Wednesday - FIM Supercross World Championship - Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Sunday - FIM Supercross World Championship - Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Sunday - Vertical World Circuit 2020 - One World Trade Center, New York, USA
Saturday to 17th June - Volkswagen SA Open of Surfing - WSL Junior Tour - Pipe/Pollock Beach, Port Elizabeth, South Africa