Sports versus Covid-19: fear of a second wave
Although it seemed that Switzerland had taken control of the pandemic caused by Covid-19 since May 2020, the new statistics are showing that, within the last few weeks, a resurgence of new cases has appeared. Of course, this is troubling news for the Sports World, where the economic consequences of a second wave can profoundly affect official clubs and events. But what about the world of sports betting. Read the full article to find out more about the troubling but also exciting developments.
As of the third week of October 2020, there have been more than 40 million cases and 1.12 million deceased due to the epidemic. Covid-19 is taking its toll on every country. And while the Swiss seemed to get control of the spread of the virus, some recent stats suggest that there is more cause for concern. In fact, more than 2,600 new cases have been confirmed on October 20, 2020 (in contrast to an average of 300 cases from the previous month).
In neighboring countries, authorities have imposed new restrictions in order to combat the spread of the virus. With the closure of certain businesses, curfews etc., these restrictions imposed by governments are continuing to rattle world news. Unfortunately, without any improvement, Switzerland might also implement some difficult strategies for each sector.
Weakened health of sports clubs
It should come as no surprise that, since March, the imposition of confinement in Switzerland has brought about some serious economic consequences. While the majority of professional clubs are able to withstand this unprecedented year, the amateur and semi-professional sports clubs have been hit hard. And event cancellations have increased.
Significant support from Loterie Romande
Every year, Loterie Romande provides financial support to several sports organizations. Aide à la Fondation Sportive received 1 million CHF despite the circumstances surrounding Covid-19. This financial support will help maintain the future of athletes who are training for a professional career, but also provide sports associations with appropriate equipment.
As a reminder, the annual financial support from Loterie Romande is in relation to the profits recorded in the previous year. And fortunately for Aide à la Fondation Sportive, the results for 2019 and the beginning of 2020 were “satisfactory”
Most impacted by Covid-19: game matches
Besides the economic impact, professional clubs are also affected by the numerous games that have been disrupted by the absence of players who have tested positive for Covid-19. Of course, sports betting becomes more complex than ever before with practically unpredictable bets causing gambling fans to worry.
For example, sports betters were incredibly concerned about the news that Xherdan Shaqiri, the celebrated Liverpool player, tested positive but was then declared a false positive. How do we take into account a team’s level of performance if their most world-renowned players might be absent? The effects from the pandemic are causing great disruptions to every sector and market. And the current stats are far from reassuring.
What are the measures planned?
On October 18, several measures were announced by the Federal Council (Conseil Fédéral):
- Limits on private gatherings
- No more than 15 people can gather in a public space
- Extension of mask requirements
- Working from home strongly encouraged
Unsurprisingly, it is not currently possible to host games with a stadium filled audience. Likewise, certain regulations are imposed on amateur clubs to guarantee that their activities can continue. However, there is no official announcement on the organization of official matches. But sports betting will still be available despite the numerous economic, organizational and health disruptions. The stats over the next few weeks, where the infectious disease specialists predict a second wave, will be decisive.