As the virus situation decreased, Korean professional baseball league, the most popular sport in Korea, opened on May 5 without spectators . The photo shows a non-contact hi-five between a boy fan in a plastic ball and a player during the opening ceremony.
Hee Don Jung, President, KSPU
SEOUL: For the first time in Korea, none of the domestic positive cases of the Coronavirus or Covid-19 was reported as on April 30. Since the first case occurred in this January, the number which once reached almost 1,000 a day in February, has dropped sharply. Now new cases are staying under 20 these days, indicating the return of a stable situation in near future.
'TEST, TRACE and TREAT’ – South Korea is considered the role model country that has well controlled the Coronavirus with the 3-T policy. Thanks to this, popular Korean virus test kits are being exported to more than 150 countries around the world. Many countries in the U.S. and Europe are using Korean-developed drive-through and working-through test systems to prevent the virus.
Although Korea is said to have pulled out of these difficulties, it has experienced a great shock both economically, culturally and socially. The impact of this virus, which is so highly contagious, on sports and culture is enormous.
Korean professional basketball and volleyball, which had been under way since the crisis broke out in January, immediately stopped playing and many professional sports leagues, including South Korea's most popular sports -- professional baseball, soccer and golf -- had to postpone the league's opening scheduled for March.
Fortunately, as the Corona crisis has calmed down recently, Korean professional baseball opened on the 5th of this month, and professional football started the league on the 8th of May.
Of course, due to the danger of Corona spreading, these games will proceed as no-audience games and will gradually expand the attendance of spectators in view of the situation.
Although the situation seems to be calming down to some extent and moving in a positive direction, the emergence of the Covid 19 is believed to have cast a dark cloud over the sports community around the world.
Even if a vaccine comes out in the next couple of years and the situation calms down, the world's sports community is likely to shrink significantly from this painful experience and be limited in external and qualitative growth.
It is widely expected that the sports industry itself will not thrive as hot as in the past due to the Coronavirus shock.
In particular, the threat of disease is likely to reduce the number of events held in large stadiums, and promote private sports or e-sports with less personal contact with people.
Of course, international sports events will decrease, and it is likely to be limited to domestic leagues.
It is thought that such a shock will naturally have a negative impact on our sports media as well.
Sports leagues and sports media are like twins. If they fall, we fall, too. It's the first time since mankind's survival that such a contagious disease has swept the globe so quickly. When everyone is worried about their survival, we will have to collect wise ideas together for the survival of the sports media.