Hi everyone I hope you are all well and safe in these strange times. It has been over 6 months since the covid-19 was first detected in China. I taught nothing of it at the time. little did I know that it would spread all over the world. The loss of life is unthinkable and I just want to send my condolences to the all the families that has lost a loved one to covid-19.
At the moment things seem to be getting better, some countries are starting to open up again after the lockdown. It is being done at a slow pace as there is a very real danger of the covid-19 getting a foothold again forcing countries back into lockdown. as you can imagine the lockdown meant that only essential personal could move around freely so they could help care for the sick and keep food supplies flowing to there countries. For there hard work and sacrifice I would like to thank them all from the lorry drivers and shop works to the doctors and nurses and everyone in-between that helped us through the last few months.
Now that we are opening up the world again that means live sports has started to return to our screens all be it in a very different way to before the outbreak. All events are being help behind closed doors and with weekly testing of the athlete’s for covid-19. The first sport back was the Bundesliga the German top flight football league. This return to action was watched closely by sports bodies around the world to see how they too could get back to business. After the Bundesliga the next sport back was Golf then Horse Racing.
Which brings us to last weekend when, in New Zealand where they have declared themselves Covid free, live Rugby made a return with a mini tournament amongst the 5 New Zealand Supper Rugby Teams. (The Highlanders the Chiefs, The Blues, The Crusaders, and The Hurricanes)
Each team will play each other in a 10 week tournament, which kicked off last weekend. Check out the highlights of the action below.
It was great to see live rugby back on TV. This was not only a great achievement for New Zealand, it was also great for all sports fans. Rugby is not the only big sport to start back, it is the only one to start back with spectators.
That brings us to today which will see the return of the English Premiership. One of the most popular football leagues in the world. The last game played in the premiership before the lockdown was Leicester City V Aston Villa on the 9th March. Leicester won 4-0. The League picks up today with 92 games left to play. Liverpool only needing 2 wins to win the League. It will be exciting time ahead.
Live sports on TV is not the only thing returning. Local sports has gotten a start date as well with Football, Rugby and GAA all getting return dates so people can start playing sports as well as watching it. This is a great thing for mental health as well as physical health.
Covid-19 has left devastation in its wake the effects of which we will be dealing with for years to come. In saying that with the return of live sports it give a sing that things might be returning to normal in a small way. Sports, is much more than just sporting you favourite club or playing for your local team. It gives you a sense of belonging which Covid-19 took away.
Let me know what you think about sports returning. Thanks for reading this. Stay safe and enjoy the sports in the coming weeks.