After the 2nd World War, this is for the very first time that Wimbledon has been cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic.
The All England Club (AELTC) had announced that “It is with great regret that the Main Board of the All England Club and the Committee of Management of the Championship have today decided that The Championship 2020 will be cancelled due to public health concern linked to Coronavirus epidemic.”
The Championship was previously scheduled to commence from 29 June till 12 July. But the 134th Championship will instead be staged from 28 June to 11 July 2021. As, The AELTC said ‘health is the uppermost priority.’
Further AELTC added, “Uppermost in our mind has been the health and safety of all those who come together to make Wimbledon happen – the public I’m UK and visitors from around the world, our players, guests, members, staff volunteers, partners, contractors, and local resident as well as our broader responsibility to societies efforts to tackle this global challenge to our way of life.”
Ian Hewitt the chairman of AELTC also commented on this big decision “This is a decision that we had not taken lightly, and we done so with highest regard for the public health and well being of those who come together to make Wimbledon happen.”
Hewitt further added that this was weighed heavily on their mind as previously this has happened during the 2nd World War, but after seeing the situation around the world and considering all the scenarios this is ultimately the best decision to cancel Wimbledon and he further said that, “instead of that we should think that how the resources of Wimbledon can use to help local communities in these hard times”
The French Open was also rescheduled to September which is going to take place in May and Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Euro 2020 has also been shifted to next year. These all came after WHO declared The Novel Coronavirus ‘COVID-19’ a pandemic on March 11th.