By Pietro Arrigoni
Covid-19 has hit Italy very hard, much harder than anyone expected. As one of the first countries to be hit, Italy didn’t have any reference as to what to do in this case, which led to the country continuing it’s sporting events during the crisis.
Eventually, all sports were shut down, including professional, semi-professional and recreational soccer, but the decision came a bit too late. Many Serie A players were infected, including multiple players from the Sampdoria squad and the Juventus squad.
At first, many were questioning whether or not the Serie A season was going to resume in May or June, but as the situation kept getting worse and worse it became clear that we would be in this for the long ride.
Not long after BC shut their soccer down as well. This meant that for some time athletes around BC, myself included, would be left off the pitch and forced to self isolate for a better cause.
Of course it was a shock at first for everyone to see every sports league suspended all across the world, as we are much used to enjoying these events. Eventually though people were able to wrap their heads around the seriousness of the situation and agree that it’s much better to wait for the end of the pandemic before claiming the sports seasons back.
In the midst of all this terrible news, some players have actually recovered, like Juventus’ Dybala, Matuidi, and Rugani. These are great news for every soccer fan around Italy and the world, as it gives them some hope in a very difficult time, as well as making them feel close to the athletes.
It’s obvious now for everybody that we will need to wait an indefinite amount of time to get the thrill of Serie A games back.
Hopefully soccer fans around Italy will be motivated to remain in their homes, in order to prevent the spread of the virus, and ultimately eradicate it from the country, so that everyone can go back to their lives.