Impact of COVID-19 on sports

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Imphal: The spread of coronavirus and subsequent lockdown around the world to contain the spread of the virus is affecting sporting events all over the world.

More than 3 lakh people have died in the world and India has seen more than 3 thousand deaths so far.

The 2020 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in Japan have been postponed till 2021. For the second time after the World War II, Wimbledon Tennis Championship has also been suspended and more than 900 tennis tournaments around the around under International Tennis Federation were suspended due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

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Euro 2020, Champions League, Europa League, COPA America and many other sporting events were also postponed. In India, I-League was wrapped up without playing 23 matches.

The spread of COVID-19 and national lockdown is also affecting sporting events and players in particular from Manipur too. Dr. G.A. Ibopishak, Senior Vice-President, Manipur Olympic Association said that the national lockdown has put the annual sporting calendar in jeopardy.

Moirangthem Ratankumar, President, All Manipur Football Association (AMFA) said that all the football leagues and tournaments are severely affected by the spread of virus and national lockdown.

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M. Birmani, Jt. Secretary, Wushu Association of India said that online tournament for Taolu was held for the first time in India from May 15 to 18 this year. However, the tournament for combat event Sanda could not be organised as the tournament needs physical contact and is a combat format of sports.

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