India’s most celebrated cricket tournament Indian Premier League (IPL) has been halted amidst the tension of Coronavirus outbreak around the globe. The tournament which sees friendly assimilation of home and away players was scheduled to commence on the 29th of March, 2020.
However, the recent situation has forced the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to push the dates to the 15th of April. The eight franchises that are an integral part of the game, called off their pre-tournament camps ahead of the cash-rich show takes place.
Some top-ranked teams of the game, the Mumbai Indians, the Chennai Super Kings, and the Kolkata Knight Riders have all canceled their camps, while Royal Challengers Bangalore announced their take on the matter by deferring training camps.
Royal Challengers Bangalore was scheduled to start their camp on the 21st of March, but the Coronavirus situation has restricted any sports events or gatherings in order to outlast the spread.
The RCB wrote on Twitter, “Keeping in mind the health and safety of everyone involved, the RCB Training Camp scheduled to start on the 21st of March has been deferred until further notice. We request everyone to follow the guidelines provided by the Health Ministry and stay safe.”
As the virus spreads rapidly, early precautionary measures are the only thing that has worked out so far in containing the COVID-19 virus. And thus, the Government has taken out the bold step of canceling visas from March 11 to 15th April, until further notice, except for a few special categories.
In the wake of Coronavirus, the Sports Ministry has quickly come on board with the government’s intention of combatting the virus. As to avoid mass gathering which can constitute the spread of the COVID-19 virus, canceling sports events or playing indoors without having any spectators is the only option every country is left with.
The Coronavirus has instigated fear across borders, and why not, with the continuous rise in the number of affected cases globally, and the death toll only going up. So far, the epidemic has infected more 170 thousand people all around the world and has claimed the lives of more than 6,500 people, and the number will keep rising in the coming days.
The only hopeful fact about the Coronavirus being, the recovery rate of patients is way higher than the fatality rate, which is why the initial containment is the key to saving the lives of many more.