Ever since the WHO declared the COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic, many events were canceled or postponed all over the world. People are advised to follow social distancing measures, and stay in their homes to prevent further spreading of the coronavirus.
In most of the world's countries, public gatherings are now forbidden and prosecuted by law. Because of such actions, many of the events (sports, gaming, cinema, music, to name a few) from all over the globe have been canceled or postponed (some even indefinitely).
8. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics
Tokyo was eagerly awaiting to be the host of this multi-sport event (for the second time in its history). Still, unfortunately, the International Olympic Committee, together with the Tokyo Organizing Committee announced that the Olympics would be postponed until 2021.
Many countries said that they would withdraw nonetheless, emphasizing the health of their athletes as a primary concern. Several Olympics have been canceled throughout history due to wars, but this is the first Olympics that has ever been postponed.
7. Electronic Entertainment Expo
Even though people are playing more video games now that ever (since they are stuck in their homes), the world of videogames is also going to suffer losses, and one such is the cancelation of the biggest gaming event in the world. The E3 usually takes place in June, in the city of Los Angeles, and while many gamers are going to be sad because of its cancelation, it is the publishers and developers who will have the hardest time.
6. Eurovision Song Contest
Do not fear, Eurovision Song Contest will return in 2021! Like many other big events across the globe, the Dutch annual singing competition Eurovision has also been canceled and postponed. Around 180 million people, along with 41 participating countries are surely disappointed, but since there were no alternative options and the spread of the coronavirus is only getting worse, such a decision surprised no one.
5. Cannes Film Festival
Formerly known as the International Film Festival, The Cannes Festival is held in Cannes, France, and is known for previews of many new movies from all around the globe. The festival was scheduled for May 12, and even though the organization was considering several options to preserve its running despite the virus outbreak, it was eventually postponed on March 19.
4. Glastonbury Festival
Glastonbury Festival is the five-day festival of contemporary performing arts in England. The Glastonbury cancelation is going to hit hard many of the people and groups who have an economic involvement with the project. Charity organizations, festival traders, are going to experience significant financial distress, and many people who help with the construction and building of the area are losing months of potential income.
Even though people fully understand the reasons for such actions in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses will struggle to survive. The festival is supposed to return in 2021, but there is no confirmation if the lineup will remain the same.
The well known Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, held in the Coachella Valley in the Colorado Desert, has also been postponed until October due to the threats of the coronavirus. The festival was planned to be a two-weekend installment, with concerts from bands like Rage Against the Machine (long-awaited reunion), Travis Scoot, Frank Ocean, and many others.
There is no word from the organization on the potential change of the initially announced lineup. The cancellation of the festival was ordered by Dr. Cameron Kaiser, who did so because of the many potential health risks, but that does not prevent the event from taking place later in the year. It will no doubt be a major disruption for the annual concert season, but the safety of the guests, staff, and community should be the top priority.
The National Basketball Association postponed all their games for the rest of the 2019-2020 season. Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert was the first NBA player that has been tested positive for the coronavirus (as well as his teammate Donovan Mitchell).
The game between Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans scheduled for March 11 has been canceled, and the entire league went on an indefinite hiatus due to the events of the coronavirus. Famous basketball player Stephen Curry said that basketball would be back at some point, but what we should focus on now is to protect those around us and stay safe. Wise words from the Golden State Warrior's MVP.
1. English Premier League
Many of the die-hard football lovers were heartbroken when the English football authorities suspended all of the remaining matches of the English Premier League. Liverpool fans are especially concerned because it was their chance to win their first Premier League title (they are just two wins away).
They are going to have a rough time unless UEFA approves the completion of the current season. The Premier League is canceled until April 30, but considering the ongoing effects of the pandemic, that date may appear overly optimistic. The health of the players comes before any victories or trophies.
About the Author
Antonia is a sociologist and an anglicist by education, but a writer and a behavior enthusiast by inclination. If she's not writing, editing or reading, you can usually find her snuggling with her huge dog or being obsessed with a new true-crime podcast. She also has a (questionably) healthy appreciation for avocados and Seinfeld.
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