âYou donât appreciate something until itâs gone,â said a wise man once and the words have never rung like loud sirens in my brain until now, as the coronavirus has taken away one of the primary sources of entertainment and passion from us - sports.
With the highly contagious disease making its way from one country to another, infecting thousands along the journey, people from all walks of life have been forced to seek house-arrest, work and study from home and be aloof of the thrill of participating or watching their favourite game on television.
Football - Suspended ï¸ â
Racing - Behind closed doors â
Golf - Postponed ï¸ââï¸ â
Basketball - Suspended â
Darts - Cancelled â
Athletics - Moved ââï¸ â
Cricket - Tour cancelled â
F1 - Called off â
Rugby League - Kick off 3pm â #SlCasSth
Football, basketball, cricket, you name it and COVID-19 has hit the very core of each and every one of the major sports all over the world. Immune to the celebrity status of the major athletes, the virus doesnât discriminate against any of them and has even reportedly reached some of the biggest names of the sporting realm, despite the measures taken by their leagues, their teams and even themselves.
As a result, events such as the Indian Premier League are getting postponed to a later date while tournaments such as the English Premier League and the National Basketball Association have been âsuspended indefinitelyâ.
Just in: The start date of IPL 2020 has been postponed from March 29 to April 15 pic.twitter.com/Pff52k58Yzâ ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) March 13, 2020
So to find out what are Indian fans doing amidst this sports apocalypse, we got in touch with some of them.
âCoronavirus outbreak is a big heart break for fans of all sports. Iâll definitely miss out on catching the latest ATP tournaments as well, itâs not a happy feeling because these tournaments are something that we all are habituated to,â says Anirudh Kacker, an MBA student from Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies, Pune.
How big a deal is coronavirus?
Itâs forced an ultra-rare ATP/WTA joint statement. pic.twitter.com/qxnVhpfZ5k
âRaat ko chilling session at boys hostel feels incomplete without a football match,â he adds.
Serena Panesar, an avid Arsenal fan, who used to spend her evenings and late nights watching the Gunners hustle in the EPL, is devastated as the teamâs manager Mikel Arteta was tested positive with coronavirus, which resulted in British football shutting down completely. Now, she spends her time playing Monopoly at home.
Thanks for your words and support.Feeling better already.Weâre all facing a huge & unprecedented challenge.Everyoneâs health is all that matters right now.Protect each other by following the guidelines & weâll come through this together.Well done PL for making the right decisions pic.twitter.com/0rnwHmQWhaâ Mikel Arteta (@m8arteta) March 13, 2020
Ever since Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert was confirmed to have the virus, the NBA has also given up on the idea of holding games âbehind closed doorsâ and gone on a quarantine period of at least 30 days.
A dedicated fan of basketball, Pradeep Sigar, who used to wake up at around 4 in the morning to watch his favourite NBA stars shoot some hoops, has now taken to gaming on his Playstation 4 and even started sketching apart from indulging in the occasional movies and TV shows.March 12, 2020
One of the most common answers that came up was âNetflixâ. Akhil Periwal, a Manchester City fan has already had a rough time contemplating the two-season European ban, and he is fending off his misery by tuning in and watching some anime and documentaries on the media-services providing platform.
These are some tough times to be a sports fan and judging by the way things are going on, there is very little to no hope for the situation to get better any time soon. To look at the silver lining, more and more people now have the time to discover themselves more openly.
Conversely, you could also finish watching Friends for the 10th time or get better at Modern Warfare, the world is an open field. Ironically enough, you just canât get out of the house.