Sport staff and agencies
3 minute read
14 Mar 2020
6:00 am

Covid-19 fears grind world sport to a halt

Sport staff and agencies

The sporting calendar is looking decidedly bare after a host of events have either been cancelled or postponed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe.

An empty Sydney Cricket Ground during the first ODI between Australia and New Zealand yesterday has become a common sight as the coronavirus has resulted in spectators being banned or events being postponed or cancelled. Picture: Getty Images

The coronavirus outbreak rocked the world of sport yesterday, as most sporting codes opted to either cancel or postpone tournaments in a bid to limit the spread of the virus. Sport fans the world over had to figure out what to do with their time over the next few weeks – or even months – while the cost of cancelled or suspended events could run into the trillions of rands. Take the Indian Premier League for example. The 60-game league is said to generate more than $11 billion (about R179 billion) a year to the Indian economy and Chinese mobile-maker...