1st to 7th June
Welcome back to another weekly review. On this occasion we have more concrete dates for some sporting events to resume, and although we normally do not report on a national level, these events do pave the way forward for international competitions in the near future. Again, much of this depends on air travel between nations to open. For example, Spain and Greece have declared themselves open for tourism from June, but this invitation does not extend to all nations. Greece will not accept tourists from the United Kingdom for now. In addition, the self-isolation rule of two weeks further adds to the difficulty of arranging a world event. Not all competitors may be able to attend based on their residency, which begs the question whether these competitions should only resume once all restrictions have been lifted. For many sporting governing bodies, the necessity to resume for economic reasons, could not be more emphasized as each week passes by without any activity. The reality is that many organisations are based in Europe, and as borders are beginning to open, competitions are going to go ahead even if not all the elite athletes are able to participate for logistical reasons.
We mentioned football last week and with the Bundesliga (Germany's premier football competition) now fully resumed, Spain, England and Italy will follow suit. La Liga resumes on the 11th June, the Premier League on the 17th, and Serie A on the 20th. There are also reports that the governing body for La Liga are considering opening stadiums to spectators from September, but only for a 30% capacity. Tomorrow we officially have our first major event when the Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah, opens its doors to a round of the Supercross World Championship. LPGA is also back with the Texas Women's Open in Dallas during next week. This will be the first international golf tournament, even though not all professional women's golfers would be able to attend. It will be regarded as more of an exhibition tournament. The USA is looking to open up and resume as much as possible, at least within its borders, but not all sport will be that fortunate. The Boston Marathon has been cancelled, for the first time in 124 years. It was said that rugby will most likely only resume in August, but that may also be sooner. For some nations like Australia and New Zealand, training has already resumed. SANZAAR, the Rugby Championship governing body, are currently working on plans to play the tournament in Australia in October/November this year.
The following events have been taken from the various governing bodies of each sport, but bear in mind that these can also still be cancelled.
Monday - 2020 European Junior Cup Slalom - Valstagna, Italy
Friday - UCI MTB Eliminator World Cup - Villard-de-Lans, France
Tuesday to Thursday - 2020 Texas Women's Open - The Colony, TX, USA
Wednesday - FIM Supercross World Championship - Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Sunday - FIM Supercross World Championship - Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Until next time, have a great week!