ONE Championship Goes To ‘Audience-Free’ Events
In hopes of keeping athletes, fans and others safe, ONE Championship will continue to run events, just audience-free through most of May.
For the time being, ONE Championship will hold events behind closed doors and without an audience.
As the sports world makes drastic changes to try and squash the spread of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, the MMA promotion is doing its part.
“BREAKING NEWS: I have decided to turn all events for ONE Championship into closed-door, audience-free events effective immediately,” ONE CEO Chatri Sityodtong said. “Bar none, the safety of our fans, athletes, staff, partners, and the public is the highest priority for ONE Championship.”
BREAKING NEWS: I have decided to turn all events for ONE Championship into closed-door, audience-free events effective immediately. Bar none, the safety of our fans, athletes, staff, partners, and the public is the highest priority for ONE Championship. https://t.co/piL5ITQ5WE
— Chatri Sityodtong (@yodchatri) March 12, 2020
Sityodtong stated that the changes would run through at least May 29, 2020.
“For the millions of fans at home around the world, the show will go on from the comfort and safety of your living room. Our global broadcast shows behind closed doors will commence in Singapore with an initial schedule of April 17, April 24, May 1, and May 8 respectively. Bout cards will be announced shortly for these broadcast-only shows, and additional dates will be added in the near future. Also, ONE Infinity Series, the world apex of martial arts events, is now slated to kick off on May 29, 2020 in Manila, Philippines with ONE Infinity 1 at the Mall of Asia Arena.
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“We are operating in truly extraordinary times, but my team and I remain committed to providing you the best sports and entertainment action available anywhere on global broadcast today. ONE Championship will continue to thrill you with the greatest martial artists on the planet and inspire you with their incredible stories. This virus might be on the attack right now, but I believe in the power of the human spirit.”
Plans remain on track for ONE: Infinity 1 to take place May 29 from the Mall of Asia Arena.