Coronavirus in Sport: A Period of Grief

Corona in Sport

For many of us, a life without sport is unimaginable. Yet, 2020 will be remembered as the year sport stood still

During our lowest points, sports fans will know the feeling of turning to a game and feeling like a different person. Whether you are a fan of football, horse racing, or even a slightly more obscure sport, we have all shared the feeling of ecstasy or devastation thanks to sport.

So often, it alters and changes our mood. Remember feeling speechless watching Ben Stokes achieve the impossible at Headingley? Remember feeling the world come crashing around you when Mandzukic slotted past Pickford in extra-time? A plethora of emotions that we would not change for anything.

However, we have no choice.

As of 11th March, Coronavirus has been classified as a pandemic. In order to contain the virus, sport has disappeared from our calendars. The Premier League has postponed all fixtures until 3rd April, although many already feel that this will be delayed even further.

For many family and friends who are sick of hearing week in week out that your team are not walking the league because of referees, there will be a sense of relief. For the rest of us, a void has appeared and none of us are sure how to fill it.

It is a lot more than just “what am I going to do with my Saturday now?”

More than Just a Game

Passing heirlooms on from generation to generation is something one does for their descendants to remember them by.

For working-class families, this is something many will not be familiar with. What we inherited from our ancestors is different. We inherited a football team.

Ask football fans across the country how they came to support their team, you’ll often find the same response: “my dad supports them”. And his dad. His dad too. Then you’ll pass on the team you support to your kids, and then their kids.

For all these people, any sport is more than just a game. It’s your heritage. Some of the best memories with your family can often be attributed to a moment, a game or event that brings a smile to your face.

Going an indefinite time without witnessing any form of sport, even on a screen in our living rooms, rids us of these experiences and memories we would have made otherwise.

What next?

Worrying about when we will get our next fix of sport seems like it should be the least of our worries during the current climate. Every single person on the planet shares a common goal: preventing the spread of Coronavirus. Washing your hands to the tune of Match of the Day is probably the closest we will be getting to sport for a while.

But what can we do in the meantime?

Well, it seems as if social media and Virtual Sport is the way to go.

Twitter is now rife with football teams playing noughts and crosses or connect four against each other. League Two side Leyton Orient have even organised a 128-team FIFA 20 tournament which will see football clubs from around the world battle each other on the video game.

If social media and video games are not your thing, Virtual Sports can also provide you with the entertainment to fill the void.

MansionBet offer a range of Virtual and Instant Sports to bet on, from football to horse racing and even trotting.

To make things even better, anyone who bets on Virtual Sport for the first time can get a special offer.

While the excitement of waiting on your 7-fold accumulator to come in will have to be put on hold, Virtual Sport still lets you experience the thrill of watching your bet come in.

Truthfully, we do not really know when we will be able to witness live sport again. As Vera Lynn said: “we’ll meet again, don’t know where, don’t know when” …

When it does, millions will rejoice, and we will look back and smile at the time we celebrated our virtual horse crossing the line in first place like the World Cup Final.

For now, social media games and betting on Virtual Sport will have to do.

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