WATCH: Live sport "most likely 18 months away"
Not the news we wanted to hear.
Across the world, with a few high profile exceptions, live sport has ground to a halt alongside most of normal day-to-day life. It seems like an age ago that debate was raging over whether Cheltenham should be going ahead or whether Liverpool's game against Atletico Madrid should be played behind closed doors. With the likes of the Premier League, Champions League, Euro 2020, The Olympics, the Champions Cup, the League of Ireland and the GAA all on pause, when are we likely to see live sport return in any meaningful sense?
It could be as long as a year and a half from now.
Epidemiologist Zachary Binney spoke to SportsJOE about the dangers associated with live sporting events, the logistical and economic nightmare that the 'biodome' option of hosting sporting tournaments in effective quarantine would be and why Ireland is actually quite well placed to return to hosting live sporting events compared to other countries. That being said, there's not a lot of good news in there for sporting fans in general.
You can watch the entire interview in the video below:
We may not see live sport for 18 months.
❌ All-Ireland Finals with fans not an option
🎪 The practicalities of the "biodome" option
🇮🇪 Why Ireland could see live sport before the UK
Epidemiologist @zbinney_NFLinj speaks to us about how sport returns in a post #COVIDー19 world. pic.twitter.com/rMdMAjLTB5
— SportsJOE (@SportsJOEdotie) April 15, 2020