6th to 12th April
With the United Kingdom expected to experience some of the warmest weather so far this year over the weekend and into next week, the task of the authorities to ensure we all still adhere to social distancing, has become so much more difficult. The UK is not in complete lockdown and we are encouraged to exercise, but gatherings of small groups are not permitted. We sense and hope that a turning point will be reached very shortly as we approach the third week of the stay-at-home campaign. For some organisations it started much earlier and the task is becoming harder by the day, not only for the economy, but also for our social well-being.
As mentioned last week, there are no sports events scheduled for April. We are listing events for May, but this changes daily with organisers deciding either to postpone or cancel altogether. The next event is meant to be the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in The Netherlands in the first weekend of May, but the country is in a lockdown until the 28th April. So far the organisers have not postponed the date, but a decision will have to be made very shortly. It is really unclear when the go ahead will be for sports events to begin again and the best option may be to leave it all to the participants or teams to decide if they want to be there. The other option is of course to prevent any spectators in attending, which may be implemented by authorities for a month or more even after we are allowed to go back to our workplaces. Some sports governing bodies have gone as far as to postpone all events up to the end of June.
Looking back at the main news of the week, it was suggested that the organisers of the Olympic Games, now postponed to 2021, are looking at July as a potential month to host it in Japan. This is a very difficult task to arrange as next summer or winter, depending on your location, is already packed with events. For example, the World Athletics Championships will feature in the USA from the 6th August. We wonder whether the Games may not be cancelled altogether, but this will have an incredible impact on all the hard work that has already been done. We understand that FIFA are considering raising the football age limit to 24 so that those who would have qualified for this year, could still feature in 2021. Officials from South African Rugby and the British & Lions Tour made an agreement to postpone dates for ticket sales for the tour in 2021. This also includes the supporter travel programme from abroad. The All England Club cancelled Wimbledon 2020 as playing behind closed doors was also ruled out. Further consideration will be made very shortly for The Open, one of the golf majors. Both The Masters and the US PGA Championships have already been postponed.
We look forward to breakthroughs this week. Wherever you are, stay healthy and stay positive.