Even before President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a ban on gatherings of more than 100 people, sporting events for South African teams suffered from coronavirus.
Events in South Africa were affected.
By mid-March, all sports involving international teams or participants had been cancelled or transferred from cricket, rugby, road running to tennis and swimming (see table below). These activities included the Cape Epic Cycle Tour and the Two Oceans and Friends marathons, which had far-reaching economic consequences.
The president’s announced longer school holidays – which end two days early and continue two weeks later than planned – will also affect leagues and winter school sports tournaments. In June, the school holidays are shortened by 7 days and in September – 2 days. All school sports competitions have been postponed or cancelled, and afrikaans in Hoer-Seunskul (Affies) from March 24 to 28.
The cancellation of the Potch Open and Ilana Kloss from the international tennis tournament three days before the final was a heavy blow for South African Chanel Simmonds, who reached the quarterfinals of the ITF World Tour with a $25,000 women’s buy-in. Now he earns the loser’s round points and the loser’s round prize money for the round he reached (quarterfinals).
Impact of the Olympic Games
The most important question that everyone will be asked is: will the 2020 Olympic Games be held in Tokyo, which is to take place from 24 to 9 September. The fate of the world’s largest sports exhibition will be decided tomorrow (Tuesday, March 17) at a crisis conference between the IOC and international sports organizations. Over the past week, a growing number of leading athletes, sports organizations and even government leaders have called for the Games to be postponed despite assurances from Japan’s Olympic Minister Seiko Hashimmoto that the tournament is safe.
But some athletes are under travel bans, and canceling or postponing competitions will make it difficult to qualify for many Olympic Games. Several Olympic qualifiers also need to be postponed or cancelled. It even affected the traditional high score that signaled the final structure of the Games. After the Olympic fire lit in Olympia without spectators, the traditional torch relay was cancelled in Greece because it was impossible to ban spectators without feeding the route to watch torch bearers run to take it to Athens on December 19.