Lockdown: The World of Sport and COVID-19

The current pandemic of COVID-19 has spread worldwide and has ultimately resulted in the postponement/cancellation of major events and activities, as well as the closing of major companies’ work. Amongst those activities and major events is the world of sport. All leagues, including professional leagues such as the National Basketball Association (NBA), as well as university and college athletics and minor leagues have been postponed or cancelled indefinitely due to the current pandemic.

With regards to the NBA, there is lots of discussion surrounding whether the current season will resume at a later date. The current 2019-2020 season was suspended indefinitely on March 11th. Similar conversations are also occurring in other professional leagues such as the National Hockey League (NHL) and whether it will resume later in the year.

With all the current uncertainties in all aspects of life, there is one aspect in sport in which I am curious and interested in following; that is what about women’s sport? More specifically, I am interested in seeing how long it takes to reinstate women’s competition compared to that of men. The current discussion on most sports media pages and media platforms regard men’s leagues and sports and whether they will resume later in the year, rarely discussing women’s sport, if at all.

The inequality between men and women’s sports has often, and continues to be analysed. There has been many large steps in creating more opportunity for female participation in many sports. Unfortunately, femininity sport is often undermined in many forms of media; women take a back seat to men sport. Due to the current pandemic, it will be interesting to see the efforts and push to reinstate women’s sport. Furthermore, when the discussion of reinstating women’s sport will begin.

Pictured above are members of the Canadian women’s National sitting volleyball team. Due to the current pandemic, these women will not get to compete at the 2020 Olympics that were to be held in Tokyo. (Source: CBC.ca ,World ParaVolley/Flickr)

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Featured image: The photo above was taken on March 9th during a Utah/Toronto NBA match, two days prior to the postponement of the season due to Utah player Rudy Gobert (left) testing positive for COVID-19 (Source: CBC.ca , Rick Bowmer/The Associated Press)

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