(ThePatriotSource.Com)- Dr. Anthony Fauci broke sports lovers’ hearts this week when he reversed his position that sports may return this summer. It was only a couple of weeks ago when the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said that sports may be able to go ahead without fans in attendance.
However, in an interview with the New York Times, Fauci expressed concern about the safety of the players even if fans weren’t there.
“Safety, for the players and for the fans, trumps everything,” he explained. “If you can’t guarantee safety, then unfortunately you’re going to have to bite the bullet and say, ‘We may have to go without this sport for this season.’”
Fauci said he would love to have all sports return but that has a physician, a scientist, and a health official, he has to say, “we’re not ready for that yet.”
Ultimately, though, it may be up to the governing bodies of various sporting events to make this decision. As states begin to reopen under guidelines put forward by President Trump, sports teams may be able to start congregating and playing together if they are willing to take that risk.
While sports executives are not currently planning any immediate return to sports with normal fan attendance, they haven’t ruled out playing games privately and airing them on television as normal.
The British government is expressing similarly pessimistic views about the return of sports this summer as Dr. Fauci. UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said last week that it would be “difficult” even for amateur sport to return for the summer, owing to the “level and scale of interaction” involved.
Fauci was asked by the New York Times specifically about the restarting of high-contact sports including basketball, where social distancing becomes mostly impossible.
“You’ve got to be really creative,” he explained. “that’s going to be more difficult and more problematic. But you know, there have been some suggestions that if you want to have a situation where players are going to have to come into contact like basketball, there are certain things you can do.”
He did admit, however, that “it may not work.”
Time will only tell, but if Fauci says it’s going to be difficult…it probably will be!