ONE Championship Delays Events Planned For April
The MMA promotion in Asia, ONE Championship, has decided to scrap plans for a pair of April events behind closed doors due to COVID.
The sports world continues to wait to get back to normal, and that includes ONE Championship.
Chatri Sityodtong, CEO for the MMA promotion, confirmed on Facebook that no events for ONE Championship will take place in April.
— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) April 6, 2020
“Unfortunately, ONE Championship will have to postpone its closed-door, audience-free events for April due to new COVID-19 restrictions,” Sityodtong wrote. “To extinguish the recent growth of the coronavirus, the Singapore Government has wisely ordered a partial lockdown of the country, whereby effective tomorrow (April 7th) onwards, only essential services (such as food, healthcare, and transportation) are allowed to operate. Additionally, major countries (China, Thailand, Singapore, Australia, Russia, India, Vietnam, Japan, etc) have temporarily closed their borders.
“We are living through the most extraordinary of times. The good news is that these short-term restrictions will undoubtedly slow down the coronavirus, and flatten the curve. To be clear though, it needs all of us to work together with vigilance. The most important thing that we can do as individuals is to follow the strict orders of our respective governments and to practice social distancing, good hygiene, and telecommuting. The virus cannot spread if we all stay at home. It really is as simple as that. Let us join hands in this fight and stand united as ONE.”
The promotion had planned to hold events behind closed doors, but with more and more issues, they decided to scrap the month.
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Shows were planned for April 17 and April 24 in Singapore. They are expected to be rescheduled for later this year.
As for now, ONE Championship has not made any decisions regarding the planned May 1 and May 8 events to be held behind closed doors, and also in Singapore.
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