With the daily lives turned into chaos including the sporting events that were postponed or canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, few of the sporting events across the world are coming back to kick-start a normal life.
Following German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave a nod, Bundesliga becomes the first European League to begin amid the pandemic as it will be returning on May 16 after the German Football League (DFL) confirmed it.
Borussia Dortmund will go against Schalke 04 at their home stadium, Signal Iduna Park but with strict behind-closed-doors restriction. “While it was no normal restart given the empty stands and other restrictions, it was crucial to resume play. The Bundesliga season finale will take place at the end of June ”, DFL CEO Christian Seifert said with June 27-28 as the likely date.
Having said that, all the teams will have to undergo a seven-day training camp in complete isolation before May 16. All players will be tested before entering into camps avoiding the risk of any infection. About 300 people, including players, staff, and officials, will be in and around the stadiums during matchdays.
South Korea's Baseball and K-League
Combating the virus successfully, South Korea was the first country to conduct a sporting event after Korean Baseball Organisation (KBO) League started with Tuesday’s season opener between Daegu’s Samsung Lions and Changwon-based NC Dinos.
The country’s professional soccer league K-League will kick off the 2020 season on Friday. It was earlier scheduled to start on February 29 but was postponed. However, no fans will be allowed in stadiums.
“Thanks to the hard work of the South Korean medical workers and the population’s active participation in social distancing, the league can start. Also, we appreciate that clubs and players have fully cooperated in the preparation process,” K-League President Kwon Oh-gap said
Even President Moon Jae-in has welcomed the return of the sport to the country. “The world will learn, with a close look, how to enjoy sports while making quarantine and everyday life coexist,” the president posted on social media. “I expect sports to give hope to the people desiring the recovery of their daily lives.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)
The U.F.C. is set to take place on May 9, 13, and 16 at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in a closed-door scenario.
Dana White, the president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, has said that he "hoped to lead mixed martial arts to be one of the first sports back from the hiatus," adding that some future bouts might take place on an unidentified private island.
It is reported that the fighters after coming into Jacksonville, they will be taking both coronavirus test as well as the antibody test. The UFC will check fighters every day for symptoms of Covid-19 and take regular temperature checks.
Earlier, the English Premier League football clubs like Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United, Arsenal, Brighton, and Hove Albion decided to undertake training sessions with strict guidelines issued by the government.
Barcelona, too, will be returning to training sessions after all the players of the club were tested negative. The Spanish government granted permission to La Liga clubs to resume training this week.