SPORT has been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus pandemic.
With Covid-19 causing misery worldwide, the sporting world has been shut down in an effort to curb the spread of the killer bug.
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When will live sport return?
CURRENTLY, major sport across the globe is on hold while authorities attempt to get to grips with the outbreak.
Football leagues fell like dominoes in March, while contact sport including rugby, basketball, cricket and boxing following shortly after.
UFC was still fighting on – with plans made for bouts to take place on a private island – but the UFC 249 event was finally called off due to pressure from ESPN and Disney.
Wrestlemania 36 went ahead on April 4 and April 5 after being shot behind closed doors and in advance.
But while live sport as we know it looks to be a long way away from returning to normality, darts have provided us with a ray of light.
Live sport has made a return of sorts in the UK in – with leading darts stars facing off in a lockdown internet “extravaganza”.
The PDC Home Tour will consist of 32 consecutive evenings of live action – which started on Friday April 17.
That should help satisfy sports fans’ cravings in these lean times, although it will be a good while longer before supporters are able to watch action in the flesh, with the current ban on mass gatherings set to be extended.
There is currently no set date for a return to the terraces worldwide.
Some other sport does soldier on abroad however, with America holding horse racing behind closed doors.
Also football is still being played in Belarus, where they have capitalised on Europe’s shutdown by continuing to host games, picking up a host of new fans in the process.
Looking ahead, the NFL Draft starts on Thursday April 23 and spread over three days, will conclude on Saturday April 25.
Next month, the UFC hope to hold fights every Saturday starting on May 9.
And on Sunday May 10 is the WWE’s Money In The Bank pay-per-view event.
The PGA Tour has announced plans to resume in June with the first four tournaments played behind closed doors – starting with the Charles Schwab Challenge in Texas from June 11-14.
The next live major sporting event in the diary which hasn’t yet been cancelled or postponed in the UK is the British GP at Silverstone on July 19.
But with the beginning of the Formula One season decimated, it looks incredibly unlikely to happen in front of spectators on that date, if at all.
When could football be back on TV?
THERE is some hope for football fans that you’ll be able to get an escapism fix of the beautiful game within the next couple of months.
Germany’s quick response to the outbreak means that Bundesliga clubs are already tentatively returning to training.
And their objective is to resume their 2019/20 season behind-closed-doors sometime in early May, with some matches being shown on TV here in the UK.
The plans from the German FA also state that no spectators will be allowed at games until at least 2021.
Ligue 1 bosses are planning for the restart of the French league with things getting back on track by 17 June and coming to a close a few weeks later on 25 July.
Leagues here in England have already made clear their desire to complete the season only ‘when safe to do so’.
On April 9, the EFL predicted it would take 56 days to complete the regular season and all of the matches would have to be played with no fans in the stadiums.
The Premier League could return in June or July as a solely ‘TV event’, with it suggested that Wembley could be used to stage up to FOUR games a day to make it happen.