You do realise that it is perfectly possible to be fully aware of the severity of the situation and taking steps to protect yourself and others while also being disappointed that Worlds was cancelled and discussing the possible ways it could be handled, right?As much as I love figure skating, maybe we should take stock of our personal blessings and say some prayers and be creative in trying to keep our worries and anxieties at bay in the realization of what healthcare workers are facing everyday at hospitals around the world! I saw a young medical doctor in New York on PBS Newshour discussing what it's like to get up everyday and walk through empty NY streets to enter the hospital where the world he knew has been turned upside down. These workers are heroes and they are humans with families who have fears they may get sick with the lack of medical supplies and sufficient resources, including needed ventilators and protective masks! Let's be realistic about the severity of what's happening right now in Spain and in New York and in many other locations that are hard hit. Let's pray for all the healthcare workers and service providers who are on the front lines of this crisis.
Figure skating takes a back seat in a worldwide emergency of this magnitude. There are plenty of fs videos to watch and comforting music videos that have been posted by thoughtful musicians and regular people trying to come together in a spirit of unity to help uplift each other.
Quebec's case count has jumped more than other areas of the country because they are reporting potential cases in the total rather than just confirmed cases, and then when the testing is complete they will adjust the numbers appropriately.I just looked at the ******** map for Canada today. Quebec now has more cases than anywhere else in the country. (The number of cases tripled on Monday). And the last I remember hearing before Worlds was cancelled, there had been none.
I just don't see how a 2020 Worlds would work. It would really be hard for skaters to get in the mindset of a fall worlds, when they are used to preparing programs for the next season in the summer after Worlds. Also, many/most skaters aren't able to train on ice right now. And, skaters would have to peak twice in a year. The demands of that on their bodies would be huge and costly. And SFAIK there are no training strategies in place to prepare skaters for two peaks in a 7 month period - even if skaters were able to train.As far as whether or not 2020 Worlds will be held, none of us know for sure. I believe the ISU was at least trying to give fans and skaters some reason to hope, at the time of the cancellation. Going forward, their initial suggestion obviously might change, as such plans to possibly hold 2020 Worlds in October of this year don't seem feasible. But we don't know one way or the other at the moment what's going to happen across a number of sports, activities, and industries on either a macro or a micro scale.
Those people have forgotten about the existence of the southern hemisphere amidst their wishful thinking. Those of us from it can report that the transmission of the virus is not slowed or stopped by warmer weather to any noticeable extent.Some have speculated that the virus might not do well in the heat
First death was on March 9th. At the same time the #of cases went from 3 to 7 in just over 24hrs. A meeting was called...we know the result.I just looked at the ******** map for Canada today. Quebec now has more cases than anywhere else in the country. (The number of cases tripled on Monday). And the last I remember hearing before Worlds was cancelled, there had been none.
Another way of looking at it is that they did the smart thing by doing that as they probably would not get the insurance money to cover the losses if they canceled on their own. Maybe they could have by arguing they were being proactive with the looming threat, but it’s much easier when the government shuts it down for you.I laugh everytime I read that the « ISU has cancelled Worlds ». They chickened out and waited for the government to cancel it.
China has closed its borders to anyone entering because all the new cases were coming from people entering the country.If some countries successfully get BB under control I expect they will keep borders closed for a long while. Too much of a risk of reintroducing infection from other places. That will be what will put international style sporting events on hold for a while I think. Mandatory quarantine is going to be a fact of life when travelling internationally.
Many people are denied opportunities to do something that might have changed their life or career. It's life. I empathize with them too, but athletes aren't unique in experiencing disappointment. And letting them have that one chance shouldn't be at the expense of exposing many other people to a potentially deadly v*r*s.most competitors have a very narrow window of time to excel at the World level, whether they are contenders for the podium or qualified to compete in a once in a lifetime opportunity. Of course wars and political boycotts have denied some opportunities at Worlds and the Olympics, but I will never be ashamed to empathize for athletes denied a chance to shine due to world events beyond their control.