Change is the price of survival. In the global uncertainty we are all facing, we need to take the necessary precautions and focus on what matters most.
In response to the accelerated spread of the global COVID-19 pandemic, sport leagues and annual tournaments worldwide are being canceled and postponed minimizing risk and the spread of the virus. The few sports events that have yet to be cancelled now consist of solo matches without the typical thousand body audience. We are all left wondering what is next in the world of sports.
The Spring typically holds some of the most prestigious golf tournaments and this year players would also get the opportunity to compete in the 2020 Summer Olympics. However, in the wake of other major league sporting events the golf tournament schedules have been reduced and altered.
When Augusta National’s Chairman Fred Ridley announced the postponement of The Masters to hinder the spread of coronavirus, it felt as if the earth had moved in the world of golf.
Gary Player has been playing at The Masters every year since 1958. The Masters was set to begin April 9, 2020. The new tournament date has not yet been decided. Since the Masters held its first tournament in 1934, this will be the first year in history that the tournament will be held outside of March or April, with the only exception when it was canceled during World War II.
The International Olympic Committee has agreed to delay the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games for a year due to virus. The Summer Olympic games make up the world’s largest sporting event. The multibillion-dollar tournament brings together the world’s best athletes and millions of fans from all cultures. Despite the Games being held many months away, the International Olympic Committee ruled the tournament to be postponed until the summer of 2021. These decisions are made to safeguard the health and well-being of the athletes, officials, spectators, volunteers, and the entire international community.
Sporting endeavors, both amateur and professional, have a tremendous economic, political and cultural influence in our world. Watching and playing sports provide ways, to many different people, to escape stress and come together as a community. The athletic system is connected with health, science, culture, upbringing and education. This means sports directly influence and develop our nations.
Sports are a way of life for many. The true difficulty is how we manage the millions who make a living in this industry. Not only the professionals, but mostly those supporting and in the stadiums. There are real ramifications from the top down. We must all do the right thing and must all stay engaged and healthy, as the myriad of supporting people that you do not see on the field are the backbone of the golfing industry.
“Golf is a humbling game. It has integrity and it is about doing the right thing. Especially in this global health crisis which requires our collective cooperation. We have far more important issues to deal with now, until this pandemic is resolved and things resume with normalcy”, said Gary Player.
So golf can wait. The Masters can wait. And in the meantime, we can reflect a little more on family, faith, fitness and reconnecting from home.