MOSCOW, December 21. /TASS/. Less than one percent of all scheduled sporting events in Russia have been canceled in 2021 due to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, Russian Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin said on Tuesday.
“The number of canceled tournaments in 2021 is less than one percent,” Matytsin said. “Last year, this figure was around 50%”
Many sports tournaments have been canceled in Russia in 2020 as a preventive measure against the spread of COVID-19. Russia has canceled championships in cross-country skiing, fencing, judo and many other sports.
In late December 2019, Chinese officials notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of a previously unknown pneumonia outbreak in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. Since then, cases of the new coronavirus – named COVID-19 by the WHO – have been reported in all corners of the world, including in Russia.
On March 11, 2020, the WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. According to the latest statistics, more than 275,882,650 people have been infected worldwide and more than 5,379,560 deaths have been reported. Moreover, so far more than 247,611,280 people have recovered from the disease across the world.