Wimbledon Has Been Canceled for the First Time Since WWII Due to Coronavirus (Video)
It is also the only time the event will not be held during peacetime since its 1877 start.
For the first time since 1945, the Wimbledon tennis tournament has been canceled.
On Wednesday, the Main Board of the All England Club (AELTC) and the Committee of Management of The Championships announced the cancellation of the tournament “due to public health concerns linked to the coronavirus epidemic.” The event had been scheduled to take place from June 29 through July 12 in London.
“With the likelihood that the Government’s measures will continue for many months, it is our view that we must act responsibly to protect the large numbers of people required to prepare The Championships from being at risk – from the training of ball boys and girls to thousands of officials, line judges, stewards, players, suppliers, media and contractors who convene on the AELTC Grounds – and equally to consider that the people, supplies and services legally required to stage The Championships would not be available at any point this summer, thus ruling out postponement,” Wimbledon announced in a statement on Wednesday.
It is the first time since World War II, that the championship tournament has been canceled and is the only time the event will not be held during peacetime since its 1877 start.
Prior to World War II the only previous cancellations were from 1915 to 1918 because of World War I.
The next tournament will be held from June 28 through July 11, 2021.
“So sad to hear that @Wimbledon won't take place this year," 2019 Women's Champion Simona Halep, wrote on Twitter. "We are going through something bigger than tennis and Wimbledon will be back! And it means I have even longer to look forward to defending my title.”
Wimbledon’s cancellation follows the postponement major sporting events and seasons around the world including the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
On March 24, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach announced that the games would be pushed back to 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak. The Olympics will now be held from July 23 to Aug. 8, 2021 and the Paralympic Games will take place from Aug. 24 to Sept. 5, 2021.
The NBA and NHL have also suspended play and the MLB’s opening has been delayed by at least two months. Several races, including the Boston and London marathons, have been postponed until autumn.
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