Will COVID-19 Put A Stop To IPL 2020 ?

The Coronavirus (COVID- 19) epidemic is continuing its expansion around the globe. The outbreak is leading to the economic crash of several developed countries. WHO (World Health Organization) has announced a global emergency to prevent transmission of COVID-19. It has now (at the time of writing) taken the lives of 3,383 people and 98,385 people are confirmed positive, as per John Hopkins’ Corona Map. The Corona is a giant bomber indeed! It is now leading the economy to a big crash of several developed countries. Obviously, tourism and conferences are now closed as a precaution. COVID-19 has also affected the Indian Citizens. It has made its arrival to India as well. 30 confirmed cases have reported from India. But while comparing to other countries India looks safer. 

In this background India is getting ready to conduct, the cynosure of world cricket the IPL. The 2020 season of this giant cricket tournament is about to start on the 29th of March. IPL brings a big gathering as every cricket lovers come across from the borders to watch the game. IPL is offering a great platform for young players to showcase their talents. And therefore many foreign players participate in it as well. 

But in this situation of the world, it is a high risk to conduct such a huge gathering as it is easier to transmit the virus. Even the Olympics and other several sports events are being in the discussion of postponement and cancellation. Yes, the virus is deadly and not even find a vaccination against it yet. WHO says, Corona can be transmitted through being in nearness to an infected person and inhaling droplets generated when they cough or sneeze, or touching a surface where the droplets land and then touching one's face. Therefore, such a gathering will just improve the chances of transmission. There are so many people out there who literally think, this will let even India fall sick as other nations. 

In such a situation, when media asked about the decision of BCCI in conducting the IPL the president Sourav Ganguly replied - "Nothing in India. Not even discussed it (Coronavirus)'" said Ganguly. (Courtesy – The Economic Times). At the same time the IPL Governing Council chairman, Brajesh Patel on Tuesday were asked whether there is any threat to IPL due to Coronavirus, Patel added, "There is no threat as of now and we are keeping a tab (on the situation)." (Courtesy – The Economic Times)

From our genuine opinion, BCCI should recheck their decision. As COVID-19 is spreading much, IPL 2020 should not take place now. One, they can cancel it or at-least, postpone it to a date when Corona is under control. Otherwise, BCCI is putting thousands of people in risk. Yes, postponing IPL may cause loss of a huge amount. But, people means more than money!

Well, take care of yourself and of your family and friends as well. Even we like to share some precautions. 

COVID-19 Precautions

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, otherwise use a hand sanitizer.

  • If you are sick, avoid visiting people in hospitals or long-term care centers. 

  • Sneeze with a tissue or by hand without your hammer.

  • Stay at home if you are sick. And don’t appear at public gatherings. 

  • It is already recommended to get your flu shot as the flu virus has not yet spread to the community.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth unless you wash your hands with soap.

  • “Stay aware and eat healthily. Don’t be Panic”.

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