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Will US sports resume by late summer?
On Saturday (April 4) US President Donald Trump held a conference call with major sports leagues’ commissioners. President expressed his hope that it will be possible for sports to return by late summer. Trump also said that he expected the NFL season to open on time.
The participants of the conference call included NBA commissioner Adam Silver, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, as well as representatives of the Major League Soccer, PGA and LPGA tours and IndyCar.
The commissioners thanked President Trump for his national leadership and for his interest in the sports industry. President Trump encouraged them to continue to support their fellow Americans during this challenging time, according to White House pool. Learn more
Table tennis among favourites of the betting public
What happens when top-level competitions in football, basketball, baseball, volleyball are suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak?
Well, quite unsurprisingly, some less popular sports that keep on playing take their place!
The winners include Esports, MMA, and table tennis! Learn more
Football leagues in Burundi, Belarus, Nicaragua and Tajikistan keep playing!
While top football leagues across the world had to suspend their seasons due to the coronavirus crisis, some less glamorous competitions are still playing.
- Liga Primera de Nicaragua. Learn more
- Belarusian Premier League Learn more
- Tajik League. Learn more
- Burundi Premier League. Learn more
Virtual Grand National attracted audience of 4.8m
Virtual Grand National, a computer-simulated horse race, has successfully replaced the actual event, which had to be cancelled.
With all the real horse racing cancelled in the UK due to the coronavirus pandemic, the computer simulation captured the imagination of almost five million fans who watched the event on television.
Most betting companies accepted bets for the virtual race. Bookmakers are now to donate over £2.6m to NHS charities from their profits from the event. Learn more
Russians bet on coronavirus-related events
With their sports betting options limited, Russian gamblers turn to wagering on non-sports events.
Bookmakers accept bets on events such as the arrival of COVID-19 vaccine, a Moscow lockdown or a shortage of toilet paper or buckwheat. Learn more
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