Months after the COVID-19 forced hiatus, sports are resuming its tour of 2020 across the globe. With many sports still in the pipeline, a few have already commenced their activities in a bio-safety environment.
All sports governing bodies have made efforts to integrate W.H.O. and health guidelines in their game. These efforts have been made with the noble intent to resume sporting activities as soon as possible.
Sports that take place indoors still have an edge over those played in stadiums. This does not take away from the fact that the element of risk is not present. Chances of community spread are still present if precautions are not taken.
A common factor among all these sports is that now, all of them are to take place without crowds. Only a few countries such as New Zealand have started with a crowd filled stadiums.
Formula One to start their season of 2020
Formula One starts its season in Austria this week, nearly four months later than planned due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is against a very different backdrop even if Lewis Hamilton’s targets remain the same.
The six-time world champion can equal Ferrari great Michael Schumacher’s record seven while his Mercedes team are bidding for an unprecedented seventh successive drivers’ and constructors’ title double.
The Briton, who has used his profile to campaign for greater diversity in the sport and against racism, is raring to compete but aware he faces new challenges.
“We are preparing the best way we can for what is going to be the most difficult season that Formula One and all of us have experienced” the 35-year-old Hamilton states.
Driver moves for 2021 have been announced already, including the departure of Hamilton’s old rival Sebastian Vettel from Ferrari at the end of 2020. Car liveries unveiled with fanfare in February have changed again to keep up with the changing times.