COVID-19 – also known as coronavirus – is unfortunately spreading across the world, and not only is it affecting the health of humans, but it is putting sport on the backburner too.
Across Europe, football and rugby has been decimated, particularly in Italy, and the first Premier League game in England has been postponed between Manchester City and Arsenal.
But it isn’t just sport that is in jeopardy, and authorities in the United States have had to cancel some big festivals and events.
Gaming festival E3, which is due to take place in June in Los Angeles, has already been shelved for 2020, and the major music festival Coachella, which was supposed to be all the way in October, has also been postponed.
They are just two of many gatherings that have been called off, and more than 1,000 people living in the United States have been confirmed to have contracted the disease, with 25 confirmed deaths up to now.
But what does this mean for the biggest wrestling event of the year – WrestleMania?
We are less than four weeks away from WWE heading to Tampa Bay on April 5 for the spectacle, and there’s been concern that it may have to be postponed.
WWE released a statement last week, saying: “We remain committed to hosting WrestleMania at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday, April 5, and like other entertainment properties in the U.S., there are currently no plans to cancel or postpone our upcoming events.”
But since then, events HAVE been cancelled, and the Mayor of Tampa may be about to throw a spanner in the works.
Ryan Bass from CBS Tampa reported last night that the Jane Castor will be meeting with city officials to ‘discuss cancelling or postponing major events’ due to the spread of the virus.
It’s clear that WWE want the show to go on, but they might not have a say on the matter in the end.
Around 70,000 people are expected at Mania, and maybe more across the week as other shows and events are going on, and that will surely be in the mind of Mayor Castor.
Fingers crossed for a positive outcome of the talks!
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