By Zaabu reporter
China is not going to stage any international sporting events in 2020. The country’s General Administration of Sport announced recently.
The Chinese sport authority released its “plan of resuming sport events based on science and order
With COVID-19 epidemic taking serious proportions globally, overseas players and coaches in some Chinese professional leagues, such as the Chinese Super League (CSL), are not encouraged to return to China for the time being, and there will be no overseas referees in 2020 CSL matches, according to the Administration.
There lies a possibility that the China’s sporting governing body may slowly allow spectators to enter stadiums. As of now, Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) and CSL games are required to be held behind closed doors.
In low epidemic risk areas, sports facilities are encouraged to gradually reopen to public on a “one in, one out” basis.
Indeed, the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) presently stages its showpiece end-of-season finals in Shenzhen. The inaugural edition of the city’s WTA Finals took place in November having set a first for the hospitality experience at a Chinese sports event.
Shenzhen holds a 10-year hosting deal with the WTA for the rights to stage the Finals from 2019 until 2028 and this year’s event was due to be held from November 9-15. The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and WTA last month issued revised provisional calendars that set a pathway for the resumption of the tours for the first time since the suspension of professional tennis in March due to COVID-19.
The General Administration of Sport’s announcement will also have a significant impact on golf. Shanghai was to stage two big events in the form of the men’s HSBC Champions on October 29 to November 1, a World Golf Championship event held a fortnight after the women’s LPGA Shanghai.
The announcement also seems to put paid to Formula 1 rescheduling its Chinese Grand Prix, which was due to be held from April 17-19 before being postponed. The Badminton World Federation (BWF) was also due to hold its World Tour Finals in Guangzhou in December.