Richard Parks knows a thing or two about self-isolation and is probably least concerned about the prospect of closing his front door to the rest of the world for the coming months.
This time he can do it together with his wife Jo and youngest son Fred. Earlier this year, Parks spent 28 days skiing across Antarctica alone. His last trip was his fourth to the South Pole, where he has now solo, unsupported and unaided skiing for a total of 2,299 miles.
So, who could ask for better advice on how to deal with potential solitude and loneliness than one of Britain's most recognized, respected and successful adventurers?
Two months ago, Parks just missed the world pole for crossing the South Pole and was left to be satisfied with lowering its own British brand to 28 days, 21 hours and 59 minutes for the distance of 1130 km. Parks time was second fastest.
His last achievement was to be recognized at the Wales v Scotland Six Nations game in Cardiff, but he fell victim to the pandemic coronavirus.
Parks, capped four times by Wales as a flanker, was on the verge of an emotional homecoming after completing his journey on January 15. & # 39; I put planning into my expedition for two years and I knew what I was getting into. I was physically and mentally adjusted and prepared, which is certainly not the case with the situation we are all in right now & # 39 ;, he said.
& # 39; I always talk about the three phases of a solo expedition when I try to explain how I get through it: Storming, Norming and Performing. In phase one, your emotions are fleeting. You get quite emotional and negative thoughts in your head.
& # 39; It is a transition period that lasts from one week to ten days. You just have to go through it, stay focused and move on. After you've earned the right to be in the fight, things get a little less challenging.
& # 39; You are entering a period of normalization. You have become used to your environment, you have entered a routine and you have made progress. Once you find what works for you, everything becomes easier. After another week or two, you will graduate to phase 3.
& # 39; In this phase, everything works like clockwork because you have a strict routine. During an expedition, it feels like you have surrendered to the target and become almost weightless. You find yourself doing things automatically. We are not there as a nation yet. We are currently trying to adjust and understand what is going on, but we will reach that stage. & # 39;
When on an expedition, the 41-year-old uses what he describes. as are & # 39; daily cards & # 39 ;. These reflect his course for the day from when he gets up, when and what he eats, and how long he will ski. Fighting for survival, as well as striving for a world record, is crucial if you spend three days in blizzards and suffer from chilly temperatures of -44 ° C. Then daily routine becomes comfort rather than a cry.
"Routine is critical in managing your mental health and your time for each project," Parks said. & # 39; I worked in 24-hour sunlight, but had to live according to my daily schedule – at 5 am & # 39; In the morning, spend an hour of melting snow to feed myself, ski for 70 minutes, take a five-minute break, and then repeat it all again until 7 p.m. My daily cards helped keep me healthy and I am now creating a new kind of routine for myself at home. Once we have all adapted to our new circumstances, we must all find a new rhythm and pattern in our lives. We need a daily structure for our well-being and we need to determine what we can control. There is no point in emphasizing what you cannot control.
"The gyms may be closed, so why not dust off the running shoes and go for a walk or run? If you can't see parents or grandparents, set up a Skype account or WhatsApp group to keep in regular contact. Being alone and being alone are two different things. The big motivator for me when I was in Antarctica was that I had a large group of people who had worked so hard to get there.
& # 39; I didn't want to disappoint them. I also had a phone that allowed me to reach the outside world in an emergency. Sometimes I felt alone, but I had some visual home memories that made me never alone. & # 39;
After an injury broke off his professional rugby career in 2010, Parks began to find other challenges that would fill his life. In 2011, he completed a groundbreaking seven-month race to climb the tallest mountain on each of the world's continents and make his way to the South and North Pole.
His 737 Challenge was completed on July 12 after climbing the Vinson, Aconcagua, Kilimanjaro, Carstensz Pyramid, Mount Everest, Denali and Elbrus, both reaching Poland. That was an achievement recognized by Guinness World Records.
In 2014 he set his first British record for coast to pole skiing in Antarctica, solo, unsupported and unaided.
"I'm still processing things after my last trip," said Parks, who lost 18 kg in 28 days.
& # 39; I just enjoyed spending time with my family and friends and getting back to normal. I felt a sense of peace this time, despite not breaking the record. Now, like everyone else, I am back in survival mode.
2020 OLYMPIC GAMES
The 2020 Olympics have been postponed to 2021 on March 24 – one of the last major sporting events that fell victim to the corona virus this summer.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a pivotal conference call with the chief of the Olympics, Thomas Bach, on Tuesday to formally decide a plan and they have delayed 12 months.
The decision also means that the Tokyo Paralympic Games are delayed by a year.
Despite the delay, the delayed Games remain the name for Tokyo 2020, said city governor Yuriko Koike.
A joint statement by the IOC and the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee stated: & # 39; In the current circumstances and based on information provided by WHO today, the IOC President and Prime Minister of Japan has concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo should be rescheduled for a date beyond 2020, but no later than summer 2021, to protect the health of athletes, everyone involved in the Olympics and the international community.
& # 39; Leaders agreed that the Tokyo Olympics could be a beacon of hope for the world during these difficult times and that the Olympic flame could light at the end of the tunnel the world is currently in.
& # 39; Therefore, it was agreed that the Olympic flame will remain in Japan. It has also been agreed that the Games will retain the name Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. & # 39;
There was a lot of skepticism that the Olympics would go ahead and continue as planned, while events related to the games were called off. The Olympic torch relay in Greece was canceled on Friday, March 13 – just a day after the flame was lit in Olympia.
Large crowds defied Hollywood actor Gerard Butler as he lit the cauldron in the Greek city of Sparta, despite repeated warnings for spectators not to attend due to coronavirus.
That compelled the decision by the Greek Olympic Committee to stop the torchlight procession on Greek soil on the second day of the planned eight-day trip. It is the only third time that a relay to Athens for the summer games has not been completed.
The Olympic flame is still being handed over to the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens on Thursday March 19, but without fans.
Athletes were told to continue training, but many had difficulty considering the government's final measures.
On Friday, March 13, US President Donald Trump's proposal to postpone the Tokyo Olympics for a year because of the corona virus was shot immediately by the Japanese Olympic minister.
& # 39; The IOC and the Organizing Committee are not considering cancellation or postponement – absolutely not & # 39; said Seiko Hashimoto, an Olympic bronze medalist, at a news conference in Tokyo.
On Tuesday, March 17, Kozo Tashima, one of the vice presidents of the Japanese Olympic Committee and president of the Japanese Football Association, tested positive for coronavirus.
The International Olympic Committee and the organizers of Tokyo have kept up to date since the viral outbreak in China three months ago across Asia and around the world: matches will open as scheduled on July 24 .
The organizers of Tokyo 2020 received the Olympic flame during a scaled-down transfer ceremony in the Greek capital on March 19.
The World Indoor Athletics Championships, planned to be held March 13-15 in Nanjing, will be postponed to March 2021.
North Korea canceled the Pyongyang Marathon scheduled for April after imposing a border fence due to the level of the outbreak in South Korea, where the Seoul Marathon is canceled to protect runners.
The Paris Half Marathon is canceled and the French government has already decided to organize public gatherings of more than 100 people before ordering people to stay at least 15 days from March 15. The race with some 44,000 participants was scheduled for Sunday, March 1. Organizers said the race will be postponed to a date to be determined.
The London Marathon, which would take place on April 26, has been postponed to October 4. More than 40,000 runners would participate.
The Barcelona Marathon scheduled for March 15 has been postponed to October.
Olympic qualifications for boxing in Wuhan were canceled by the International Olympic Committee, but took place in Amman from March 3-11.
The IBF title fight between Daniele Scardina and Andrew Francillette in Milan on February 28 was postponed by Matchroom due to restrictions in Italy after the outbreak.
The Japanese Boxing Commission has canceled all combat tickets scheduled for March on the advice of the government to suspend all pending sports matches. They are not moved.
That decision has postponed the tough game between Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce. That fight, which was framed for April 11, has been moved to July 11 at the O2 Arena.
Matchroom Boxing has also postponed all scheduled events for March and April, including Josh Kelly's European title fight against Russian David Avanesyan (scheduled for March 28).
The European Olympic boxing qualifying tournament in London has been suspended. It was thanks to the Tokyo 2020 qualification for 77 male and female boxers, with 322 participating.
Edroom Hearn, chief of Matchroom Boxing, said Anthony Joshua's heavyweight title defense against Kubrat Pulev, scheduled for June 20, can be rescheduled for July. All battles promoted by Matchroom in March and April have been postponed.
Canelo Alvarez vs. Billy Joe Saunders, destined for May in Las Vegas, was delayed before they were even announced, but the Mexican is reportedly still planning to host the game in June.
The English tour of Sri Lanka was postponed on March 13, indicating the English and Wales Cricket Board & # 39; Completely Unprecedented Times & # 39 ;.
The decision was confirmed while Joe Root & # 39; s squad was in the field at Colombo & # 39; s P Sara Oval, where he fought a warm-up match for a series of two tests.
On March 18, the West Indies offered to organize England's upcoming home tests against them in the Caribbean rather than the UK – should the coronavirus outbreak have not improved by then. England will face the Windies in a series of three tests, which starts at the Oval on June 4, but can be delayed until September. If playing the series in England proves to be unworkable, CWI has offered to step in for this series, as well as the three England tests against Pakistan that will start on July 30. While there are Covid-19 cases in the Caribbean, the impact there has been limited so far.
The start of the Indian Premier League season has also been postponed to April 15. The 2020 campaign would begin on March 29. The IPL franchises are also ready to quarantine their foreign players for a period of 14 weeks. days, when the travel restrictions are lifted so that they can arrive.
On March 13, India's ongoing one-day international series against South Africa was postponed, while Australia's one-day internationals against New Zealand are played behind closed
Scotland's one-day series against the United States and UAE has been postponed. The games are said to be played in Florida in April.
The English cricketers only played a recast test series against the West Indies in the Caribbean on December at the earliest in December, which appeared on March 19.
Cycling's Giro d & # 39; Italia has been canceled and the race is scheduled for May in Hungary.
The last two stages of the UAE Tour were canceled after two race officials were suspected of the disease.
The Tour de France is in danger of being canceled, with the planned start in Nice in just over three months, on June 27. The British and French governments expect the pandemic to last through the summer, tournament organizers are studying alternative planning.
The Paris-Roubaix cycling race, another important event on the French sports calendar, was postponed due to the pandemic, while the April 5 Tour of Flanders, previously canceled during the First World War, was also postponed in a further sign that Le Tour is under serious threat.
This summer's Euro 2020 tournament has been postponed to the following summer (2021) after a UEFA conference held in March 17. The postponement provides an opportunity for completion of European club competitions.
All football in England will be suspended until at least April 30 – but the 2019-20 season will eventually have to be completed after the FA has adapted their own rules to extend the SURE campaign after holding crisis talks on March 19 . ovid-19.
The Premier League clash between Manchester City and Arsenal, scheduled for March 11, had already been delayed as & # 39; precaution & # 39; after Olympiacos and Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis tested positive for coronavirus weeks after watching his Greek team plays at the Emirates Stadium.
On March 13, UEFA announced that all scheduled Champions League and Europa League games have been postponed, as well as the quarterfinals draw for both leagues. UEFA hopes to complete the games in the summer, but dates are not yet known.
Birmingham City became the first championship match where players temporarily saw 50 percent pay cuts to ease financial pressure. Leeds United soon followed in an attempt to continue paying all their non-football staff.
All Chinese domestic matches at all levels were postponed and the season was pushed back, the first football hit by the outbreak in the country of origin. However, there are reports suggesting that the competition may resume on April 18 if China master the virus.
Asian Champions League games with Guangzhou Evergrande, Shanghai Shenhua and Shanghai SIPG are postponed to April.
] The start of the Korean K-League season is postponed. The four teams in the AFC Champions League play their matches behind closed doors.
The Japanese J-League has postponed all domestic games until mid-March, but further delays are inevitable.
Italy, the country most affected by the virus outside China, was canceled before the government locked the population. All sports, including Serie A matches, were suspended until at least April 3 to contain the virus.
In France, it was announced on Friday March 13 that there will be no top football in France for the foreseeable future after their governing body postponed all matches.
In Spain the Copa del Rey final of April 18 between Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad has been postponed. LaLiga is also being postponed until at least the end of March.
The German Bundesliga, the other major European league, will also be suspended until at least April 3.
The Dutch Eredivisie and the Primeira Liga of Portugal have also been suspended.
The Irish Football Association has announced that all football under its jurisdiction will end until March 29.
Major League Soccer has been suspended for 30 days to mid-April with the delay of Inter Miami's first home game at David Beckham.
The South American Football Association has postponed this year's Copa America, which will take place from June 12 to July 12, until 2021.
FIFA said the newly expanded Club World Cup, originally scheduled to take place in China in June 2021, will be postponed and a new date will be announced when 'there is more clarity on the situation' # 39 ;.
On March 13, the FA announced that all England games are scheduled for the month. would be postponed, including that of development teams. It means that England's friendly matches with Italy and Denmark have been canceled.
Euro 2020 playoff games to be held on March 26, including Scotland against Israel, have been postponed to June.
Manchester United clash on Austrian side Lask was behind closed doors, with United sharing £ 350 to each fan to help with travel and accommodation after getting 900 tickets before the Europa League game.
Newcastle United forbade their players to shake hands amid fears of the corona virus.
Cristiano Ronaldo became isolated in Madeira after it was revealed that his Juventus teammate, Daniele Rugani, has coronavirus. Squad members Blaise Matuidi and Paolo Dybala also tested positive.
Elsewhere in Italy, Fiorentina striker Patrick Cutrone, on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers, tested positive for coronavirus.
In Spain, 35% of Valencia team members tested positive for coronavirus, with all cases being asymptomatic.
The Real Madrid first-team squad was quarantined after a member of the basketball team tested positive for Covid-19. The two teams share the same training facility.
Liverpool has announced a charity match between Reds Legends and Barcelona Legends, to be played in Anfield on March 28, has been postponed.
FIFA says it will postpone the South American World Cup qualifying matches taking place in March.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for coronavirus on March 12, placing the entire squad of the first team in isolation. Gunners' game against Brighton, scheduled for Saturday, March 14, has been postponed.
In the early hours of Friday, March 13, Chelsea announced that winger Callum Hudson-Odoi had diagnosed the disease.
The club's first team became self-insulated, while two buildings were closed on their training ground in Cobham.
Premier League clubs, including Manchester United and Manchester City, have sent players home to train alone following the British government's growing crackdown on mass rallies and unnecessary social contact.
West Ham chief Karren Brady called for the season to be annulled, while Aston Villa believes no team should be banned. In this situation, Liverpool, the runaway league leaders, may be horrified to be refused the title, despite being on the verge of securing their first league trophy in nearly 30 years. Europe is bracing itself for a reported total closure of each league until September.
Top level English and Scottish football was initially suspended until April 3 at the earliest. The Football Association, the Premier League, the English Football League, the FA Women's Super League and the FA Women's Championship all agreed to end the competition with immediate effect.
All levels of English football under the National League North and South have been canceled and canceled without promotion and relegation because the calendar was decimated by the coronavirus outbreak.
The seasonally opening Australian Grand Prix was called off after a McLaren team member went down with Covid-19, leading to the British team retiring earlier to decide if the race will continue.
The announcement came hours after Lewis Hamilton said it was & # 39; shocking & # 39; was that the race continued.
The Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 19 was the first race to be postponed, without deciding whether to re-enter the 2020 calendar for later in the season.
The Bahrain Grand Prix, scheduled for March 20-22, will also be cut short, as will the inaugural Vietnam Grand Prix, scheduled to take place on April 5 in Hanoi.
It was hoped that the Dutch Grand Prix on May 3 would be the first race of the new season, but that has also been postponed due to Covid-19.
The iconic Monaco Grand Prix on May 24 was canceled for the first time in 66 years before Formula 1 announced their race in Azerbaijan had been postponed.
On March 13, the Masters was postponed. In a statement released online, Fred Ridley, president of Augusta National Golf Club, stressed that decision makers hope the championship will be "later". hold. The first major of the year for men would begin on April 9.
The US PGA Championship, the second major of the year, has now joined and postponed the Masters. It was supposed to take place at San Francisco's TPC Harding Park May 11-17, but it moved later this summer.
After deciding to play without spectators from the second round of the Players Championship after that, the PGA Tour canceled the event completely after the first round on March 12.
They also canceled the following three events leading up to the Masters, but then canceled four other events in April and May – the RBC Heritage, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, the Wells Fargo Championship, and the AT&T Byron Nelson – also the dust. It is hoped that the season can be summarized by the end of May.
The European Tour canceled all tournaments until the popular Made in Denmark event on May 21. Many of them would take place in China or East Asia in countries hard hit by the outbreak.
The women's game has also been affected by postponement and cancellation, with the first major of the year, the ANA Inspiration, the most famous victim.
Lorenzo Gagli and Edoardo Molinari were withdrawn from the Oman Open on medical grounds after Gagli showed symptoms of the virus. He shared a hotel room with Molinari and was told to isolate himself. They were later placed back into the tournament after being tested negative for the virus.
The Grand National was canceled due to new restrictions imposed by the British government to combat the spread of the corona virus, making it impossible to spot the Aintree showpiece to be organized on April 4. Cheltenham Festival continued under some criticism before tightening social distance measures.
The Japan Racing Association has revealed that & # 39; government-approved races & # 39; will take place behind closed doors.
Racing in Ireland attempted to take place behind closed doors from March 29, but that decision was changed after the government canceled all sporting events.
The World Cup meeting in Dubai continues on March 28 & # 39; without paid catering spectators & # 39 ;.
Racing Post had to temporarily suspend the publication of the flagship daily racing newspaper for the first time since its inception in 1986 as all action in the UK and Ireland was suspended.
This year's Six Nations will have to wait for completion with all remaining games postponed.
England game with Italy and Ireland The trip to France had already been canceled with Wales and Scotland until the day before the game was canceled.
Saturday, October 31, is a possible date for the last weekend of games.
The Women's Six Nations has also been affected by procrastination.
The RFU has suspended all levels of rugby in England until April 14, with the announcement shortly after the premiere ship was discontinued for five weeks.
The quarterfinals of the European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup have also been postponed. Those games were scheduled for April 3, 4 and 5.
The RFL and the Super League of the rugby league have now followed the same example and postponed all matches for at least three weeks. Eight Leeds Rhinos players were found to be self-insulating.
The French Open, one of the four Grand Slam tournaments, is being postponed to September due to a wide closing in France.
The clay-court major was scheduled for May 24 through June 7, but that has shifted to September 20 through October 4, after the US Open, which was to be the last major of the year.
Players have quickly criticized the move, which has caused a conflict with the Laver Cup men's team event led by Roger Federer, and a women's tournament in China.
All events on the ATP Tour are suspended for six weeks.
The BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, which was to begin on March 9, was postponed at eleven. It came after a confirmed case of the coronavirus in the nearby Coachella Valley.
The final of an ATP Challenger event in Bergamo, Italy, between Enzo Couacaud and Illya Marchenko of Ukraine, has been canceled. Both players received ranking points and prize money for reaching the final. They were not given the opportunity to play behind closed doors.
China lost a Davis Cup tie because the men's team could not travel to Romania for the play-off from March 6 to 7.
WTA events have also been canceled. The WTA has announced that they are evaluating their schedule with a number of events scheduled for China in the second half of the season.
The International Tennis Federation has announced that the Fed Cup finals have been postponed. The event would be held in Budapest in April, and the league's playoffs, which would take place in eight different locations, have also been put on hold.
The WTA also announced that there will be no tournaments. staged for at least five weeks.
The NBA has been suspended indefinitely after two Utah Jazz players contracted the virus. On March 17, Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant confirmed that he had tested positive for the virus alongside three unnamed teammates.
In a tool to reduce the risk of exposure to the virus, the NBA had told players not to take objects such as signature seeker's pens, markers, balls, and jerseys.
The NHL has announced it has interrupted the 2019-20 season without a confirmed date for it to resume.
The UFC has canceled its next three events, although President Dana White continues for the long-awaited lightweight title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson.
MotoGP has canceled the first two races of the season in Qatar and Thailand.
South Korea's baseball league canceled all 50 preseason games scheduled for March 14-24. It is the first time since the start of the competitions in 1982 that a whole series of exhibition games has been eliminated.
The drawing of the first leg for the World Table Tennis Championships, scheduled for South Korea from March 22-29, is postponed.
A beach volleyball tournament, held in Yangzhou from April 22-26 from April, will be postponed until after the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The World Short Track Speed Skating Championship in Seoul is canceled.
The World Triathlon Series event in Abu Dhabi was postponed as a precaution.
The World Ice Hockey Women's Championships in Canada have been canceled.
In badminton, the German Open (March 3-8), Vietnam Open (March 24-29) and Polish Open (March 26) 29) all Olympic qualifying events are canceled because of & # 39; strict health protection & # 39 ;.
The Japanese professional baseball league decided to play their 72 games for the season until March 15 behind closed doors. Baseball is one of the most popular sports in Japan.
Doubts remain as the Asian Weightlifting Championships, scheduled for March, are moving from Kazakhstan to neighboring Uzbekistan. They can still be postponed.
Wales pursuer Liam Williams wants the & # 39; best year & # 39; from the rugby career by completing the Grand Slam Grand Trophy with the World Cup win
- Liam Williams was able to achieve a remarkable Grand Trophy Battle with Victory
- & # 39; It was the best year of my life in terms of the rugby aspect & # 39 ;, he said
] Welshman helped Wales to Six Nations, won Premiership and Heineken Cup
Wales and Saracens star Liam Williams directly admits that he had the year of his rugby life.
And if Williams could help Wales Wales achieve World Cup glory in Japan over the next six weeks, it would complete a remarkable grand Slam trophy.
The free-running full-back has arrived at the global flagship of rugby union after a brilliant six months.
he helped Wales win the Six Nations title in an unbeaten way and started both finals when the English giants Saracens secured a Heineken Champions Cup and a Gallagher Premiership double.
It represents a spectacular series of successes, one of which the 28-year-old is determined to continue.
& # 39; It was the best year of my life in terms of the rugby aspect & # 39 ;, Williams said.
& # 39; I got pretty injured in my first year with Saracens. I was lucky enough to win the Premiership that year, but I didn't play in the semifinals or the finals because I had a shoulder injury, I think so.
& # 39; I missed that and played a big part last season. I also played all the games in the Six Nations and it's a year I will never forget. & # 39;
Williams' recent successes – seen behind him in all three tests for the British and Irish lions two years ago – meant that he achieved a sustained level of excellence to keep him among the most elite artists in European rugby.
And he has nothing but praise for Saracens, a club that continues to set the standard in the domestic and European game.
& # 39; You learn from the best players in the world like Owen Farrell and Alex Goode, & # 39; added Williams.
& # 39; I like the way it is up there. They take care of your wives and girlfriends, there is an on-site nursery where players can bring your kids in the morning. They have thought of every little thing and that is what makes the club unique. & # 39;
It is far from Williams & # 39; early working career as a steelworks scaffolding in Port Talbot – although the memories came back to him at The Wales Training Base in Kitakyushu earlier this week.
& # 39; We went on a boat and we passed a steel mill and I felt it was like home from home & # 39 ;, he said.
& # 39; It has probably been about eight years since I was a jetty, and if I went back now, I would have no idea what to do. Everything has changed. "
Reaching the World Cup heights is now his priority, starting with the opening of Wales in the Pool D game against Georgia in Toyota City on Monday.
" I am very excited "he said." I didn't play much at the last World Cup because I got injured. I'm really looking forward to it.
& # 39; You train and train and train, but you just want Entering the competitions.
"We are always putting a lot of pressure on ourselves. It is more anticipated and knowing that the country is expecting good things at home, and I am pretty sure we will be able to . & # 39;
Jamie Roberts is far from your average rugby player and the former center of Wales and British & Irish Lions is more qualified than most in the sport of expressing his fears about coronavirus .
33-year-old Roberts is a Cardiff university medical graduate and has also studied at Cambridge University. He regularly practiced medicine in addition to his sports career.
In more than 10 years at the highest level, Roberts played club rugby in Cardiff, Paris, London Bath and now Cape Town after exchanging The Rec for Super Rugby franchise Stormers.
He had made a good start in the Southern Hemisphere before Covid-19 was distributed.
Sports in the Rainbow Nation has been suspended after President Cyril Ramaphosa has established a & # 39; national state of disaster & # 39; with up to 60 known cases of coronavirus.
Roberts said, "The biggest concern in South Africa is the quality of healthcare and people's access to healthcare.
& # 39; I've only been here a few months. You just hope something spreads as fast as coronavirus doesn't enter the townships. That is the main concern here.
& # 39; The President made a big announcement on Sunday that they are closing the borders to people from high-risk countries. I was thinking about going back to Wales in April, but I can't do that now because I wouldn't be allowed back to South Africa.
& # 39; There are still major question marks as to whether Super Rugby will be ready. I think it's unrealistic to see us play for another three or four weeks and by then you're mid-April. The tournament was supposed to end in the middle of the weekend of June.
& # 39; I can't see that they are fulfilling all their matches & # 39 ;.
Roberts is thankful for the rugby that gives him the opportunity to play the
He played for Cardiff Blues, Racing 92, Harlequins, Bath and now Stormers at club level and won 94 caps for Wales and three with the Lions.
His move to the Springboks country happened quickly at the beginning of the year, and after playing the role of physical battering ram with Wales under Warren Gatland for over a decade, Roberts has expanded his approach in Super Rugby .
. -the game appears before the coronavirus hits and insists that he is already a better player for what has been a brief period in South Africa so far.
& # 39; I'm a pretty competitive guy, so my goal is always to win. Super Rugby challenges my skills and I feel like I'm spreading the ball more, & # 39; said Roberts.
& # 39; I don't play a full ball bearing role with the Stormers, which was my part in a lot of
& # 39; I feel like I'm a man driving the team, but we have a great vanguard here, so I don't have to do that very often. If you pick up the line as a ball player or ball carrier, you will encounter less traffic.
& # 39; There is a more aggressive line speed home, so you often carry in half
& # 39; In South Africa, teams have to defend in width because you have the ball there quickly get out – meaning it's often one-on-one collisions.
& # 39; In that respect, if you can use your footwork a bit more, your offloading game comes into play more. It tests my ability to pass at full speed in terms of 15-20 meter strides.
& # 39; We had a great start and won our first four games after I entered. Three of them were at home in Newlands, and we knocked out the lions with a last-minute attempt at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.
& # 39; That was one of the hardest games I've ever played because of the heat and height.
& # 39; It was absolutely cruel! It was just over 30 degrees and altitude and I don't think I've experienced such conditions in my career before.
& # 39; To play at high altitude in that dry heat I set my lungs on fire. I literally couldn't move for 75 minutes, so it was very difficult. & # 39;
Roberts was arguably at his peak when he produced a series of immense screenings while the lions were defeated 2 -1 from South Africa in their test series of 2009.
Now back in one of his favorite countries, he has revealed that talks are going on about him playing for the Stormers against the lions next summer.
said: & # 39; The Stormers play the British and Irish Lions in the opening match Time of the 2021 tour and being a rugby romantic and being on that 2009 tour would be pretty cool to have a chance to play against the lions in South Africa.
& # 39; We are talking about maybe we are going to do that. The opportunity to continue the adventure and perhaps experience America or Japan would also be great.
& # 39; There are a few options to think about, but I have to make those decisions for the right reasons. When I think about it, rugby has given me so many opportunities. & # 39;
2020 OLYMPIC GAMES
When in doubt [twijfel]
Due to the magnitude of the outbreak in Japan, Dick Pound, senior member of the International Olympic Committee, described the disease as "the new war". which threatened Tokyo 2020 and warned that the Games may have to be canceled if the virus existed in May.
] The Japanese government later insisted on Pound's comments were not the IOC's official position, but doubts remain as to whether the summer showcase may still cause health problems.
Athletes have been told to keep training and the plan to keep the Games in Japan remains as planned, but training for about 80,000 volunteers has been delayed for at least two months – it would start on February 22.
The iconic start of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo was kept without spectators after the traditional torch was announced – the lighting ceremony would take place without fans attending.
The Greek Olympic Committee announced that the torch lighting ceremony – the symbolic start of each Olympics – would take place at a scaled-down, behind-the-doors event due to the continuing fear of the spread of the coronavirus in the region.
The Committee announced that the Olympic torch will be lit at a smaller ceremony in Ancient Olympia on Thursday, March 12, before moving towards a seven-day relay, ending in an official transfer ceremony in Greece on March 19 .
On Friday March 13; President Donald Trump's proposal to postpone the Tokyo Olympics for a year due to the spreading coronavirus was immediately shot by the Japanese Olympic minister.
& # 39; The IOC and the Organizing Committee are not considering cancellation or postponement – by no means at all, & # 39; Seiko Hashimoto, an Olympic bronze medalist, told a news conference in Tokyo on Friday.
The International Olympic Committee and the organizers of Tokyo have kept up to date since the viral outbreak in China spread across Asia and then around the world three months ago: The games will open on July 24.
World Indoor Athletics Championships (March 13-15 in Nanjing) is out until 2021.
. North Korea canceled the Pyongyang Marathon scheduled for April after a border fence was imposed due to the level of the outbreak in South Korea.
The Seoul Marathon is canceled in an attempt to protect runners after the massive outbreak in South Korea.
The Paris Half Marathon has been canceled and the French The government also decided to ban all public public gatherings of more than 5,000 people.
The race with some 44,000 participants was scheduled for Sunday (March 1) in the French capital. Organizers said the race will be postponed to a date to be determined.
The Barcelona Marathon, scheduled for March 15, has been postponed to October to stop the spread of the corona virus, Barcelona City Hall said in a statement.
An Olympic mixed relay triathlon qualifying event scheduled for May in Chengdu, China is moving to Valencia, pending an outbreak in Spain .
German Open (March 3-8), Vietnam Open (March 24-29) and Polish Open (March 26) 29), all Olympic qualifying events are canceled due to & # 39; strict health protection & # 39 ;. Olympic boxing qualifications held in Wuhan were canceled by the International Olympic Committee and are now being moved to Amman F from March 3-11
The IBF title fight between Daniele Scardina and Andrew Francillette in Milan on February 28 was Matchroom postponed due to restrictions in Italy after the outbreak.
The Japanese boxing committee canceled all battle cards scheduled for March on the advice of the government to suspend all pending sports matches.
Daniel Dubois & # 39; s all British heavyweight fight with Joe Joyce at the O2 Arena on April 11 endangered because of the outbreak.
England was delayed on Friday, March 13 coronavirus pandemic, involving the Cricket Board of England and Wales & # 39; completely unprecedented times & # 39; called.
The decision was confirmed while Joe Root & # 39; s side was in the field at Colombo & # 39; s P Sara Oval, and contested a warm-up game for a series of two tests written back to Lord & # 39; s.
Danish cyclist Michael Morkov has been released to race at the UCI UCI Track Cycling World Championships was held because of a fear of an outbreak of the coronavirus. had traveled to Berlin in February after competing in the first four stages of the UAE Tour, the last two stages, of which there were subsequently canceled after two race officials were suspected of the disease.
Riders and UAE Tour personnel have been locked up since, but after the Abu Dhabi Department of Health issued a statement on Saturday that 167 tests came back negative, the UCI said Morkov was free to race normally.
Wales is still furious after Joe Marler seizes Alun Wyn Jones's genitals during the Six Nations game, as the player from England is banned for 10 weeks
- Joe Marler has received a 10-week ban for grabbing the genitals of Alun Wyn Jones
- Wales is still furious, with coach Wayne Pivac saying it has no place in the game
- Jones equals Richie McCaw's all-time caps record against Scotland
Wales is still furious with Joe Marler for his grabbing the genitals of Alun Wyn Jones where Wayne Pivac said there is & # 39; no place in the game & # 39; for the English act.
Marler was banned for 10 weeks after a disciplinary hearing on Thursday evening. in Dublin.
And in a week where Jones will set the record of all Richie McCaw's caps playing his 148th international, there is a sense that the furore has detracted from what should be a party week for the captain of Wales.
When asked how he saw the England-Wales match incident at the initiative of Marler Pivac, he said, "There is no place in the game for that.
& # 39; We are all role models for the young players and the next generation of the game, and there are rules. You cannot exceed those rules. Doing so will result in punishment. & # 39; Skipper Jones's deeper frustrations lie in the judging process within a match.
Sportsmail understands that he didn't want to target Marler and his behavior directly, but was eager to make a broader point about a captain's ability to talk to a referee
& # 39; His frustration was not with any organization, it was the fact that the matter was not being resolved on the field at the time & # 39 ;, Pivac added.
& # 39; If something happens and is penalized later, the game does not change.
& # 39; What is the penalty during the game for that? Would it have been a red card? It could have been another test match, we could have lived in the competition.
& # 39; His frustration lies in the fact that thousands of people watched the event at the time, except for the people who watched the video. & # 39; With Scotland's game played on Saturday – despite the postponement of many sporting events in the wake of the corona virus – Pivac wants to make up for the injustices of a bad campaign.
"From within our group, it's a huge game," said the boss of Wales.
& # 39; We were not completely satisfied with the results and the audience will undoubtedly not be happy either.
& # 39; In terms of pressure, we want to win every game and we are as disappointed as anyone watching the game. Given the amount of time and effort we invest, we are arguably more disappointed.
& # 39; We know what we are trying to achieve and if we get a result over the weekend we can look back and if we had cleaned up a few areas we would have had a decent championship. We are convinced that. & # 39;
Pivac has changed his team again, after a third consecutive defeat, making Rhys Webb start scrum half for the first time since 2017, Cory Hill for injured Jake Ball at lock, Wyn Jones is back to replace Rob Evans at loose-head and Sale & # 39; s WillGriff. John makes his debut with a tight head.
The new cap is read to be stuck in the Scots.
& # 39; I'm quite tall & # 39 ;, said the 19-brick gag.
& # 39; I just hope to hit some guys.
& # 39; It means a lot. It's been a long time and I'm happy to finally be able to play on the big stage. & # 39;
Wales: Halfpenny; North, Tompkins, Parkes, L Williams; Biggar, Webb; W Jones, Owens, John, Hill, AW Jones, Moriarty, Tipuric, Navidi (8).
Scotland: Hogg; Maitland, Harris, Johnson, Kinghorn; Hastings, A Price, Sutherland, McInally, Fagerson, Skinner, Gilchrist, Ritchie, Watson, Bradbury (8).
Rhys Webb starts for Wales against Scotland in Six Nations … with Alyn Wyn Jones in line to start the ALL-TIME rugby union Test caps record
- Rhys Webb to scrum half for Wales on Saturday against Scotland
- Alun Wyn Jones plays his 148th test, on a par with Richie McCaw
- The game is the only Six Nations clash occurring after Italy v England and France v Ireland were postponed due to coronavirus outbreak
Rhys Webb starts his first test since returning from Welsh exile against Scotland on Saturday in the Six Nations, as Alun Wyn Jones will match the all-time record.
The skipper plays in his 148th Test – leveling All Black legend Richie McCaw – his 139th for Wales to add nine for the British and Irish lions.
Meanwhile, Webb wears the number 9 shirt for the first time since 2017 when he starts in the championship game, the only one set to be played this weekend after Italy v England and France v Ireland were delayed due to coronavirus .
WALES TEAM OM SCOTLAND TO PLAY
15. Leigh Halfpenny (89 Caps)
14. George North (95 caps)
13. Nick Tompkins (4 caps)
12. Hadleigh Parkes (29 caps)
11. Liam Williams (63 Caps)
10. Dan Biggar (83 Caps)
9. Rhys Webb ( 33 caps)
1. Wyn Jones (25 Caps)
2. Ken Owens (66 caps)
3. WillGriff John (* Uncapped)
] 4. Cory Hill (25 caps)
5. Alun Wyn Jones (C) (138 caps)
6. Ross Moriarty (45 Caps)
7. Justin Tipuric (76 Caps)
8. Josh Navidi (24 Caps)
16. Ryan Elias (13 Caps)
17. Rhys Carre (8 caps)
18. Leon Brown (10 caps)
19. Will Rowlands (1 cap)
20. Taulupe Faletau (76 Caps)
21. Gareth Davies (53 Caps)
22. Jarrod Evans (6 Caps)
23. Johnny McNicholl (4 Caps)
There's a debut for tight WillCGriff John from Sale Sharks when Dillon Lewis is dropped from the 23.
& # 39; Saturday is a great opportunity for us to wrap up the campaign with a big gig at home in Cardiff & # 39; said Welsh head coach Wayne Pivac.
& # 39; We want to finish with the achievements we know we can deliver and we've worked hard to achieve.
& # 39; Alun Wyn is one of the most iconic figures in the game, he is our leader and I am happy for him as he keeps raising the bar. & # 39;
In addition to Jones, Cory Hill starts his first test since last year's Six Nations England game in the second row.
The rest of the starting team is the same as the team that lost to England last week. , with Leigh Halfpenny, George North and Liam Williams in the back three, Nick Tompkins and Hadleigh Parkes in the middle and Dan Biggar in the half.
Wyn Jones and Ken Owens play in the front row with John and Ross Moriarty, Justin Tipuric and Josh Navidi in the back row.
On the Will Rowlands bank, the Wasp lock, a second cap could win. Taulupe Faletau stays on the bench with Ryan Elias, Rhys Carré, Leon Brown, Gareth Davies, Jarrod Evans and Johnny McNicholl.
Meanwhile, Scotland has made three changes to their side with whore Stuart McInally, Sam Skinner and Magnus Bradbury starting in the pack.
& # 39; To achieve what I have is surreal & # 39 ;: Rhys Carre reflects on his role in the Wales squad after weight loss gave his career a second life after moving from Saracens
Rhys Carre passed chubby trump card in the peloton in a year.
The 22-year-old gag had no contract with Cardiff Blues this season last season and weighed 21 stones.
But now slimmed down, he moved to Saracens, was part of the World Cup and the Six Nations all in the space of 12 months.
And Carre, who got a chance from former coach Warren Gatland and hopes to meet Scotland on Saturday, can't believe his luck.
& # 39; It's a bit of a weird 12 months & # 39; said the loser who is likely to return to Wales next season in the wake of Sarries' salary limit scandal.
& # 39; This time, I hadn't offered an official contract last year to
& # 39; I didn't really focus too much at school then, so I put all my eggs in one basket and really pushed the panic button.
& # 39; It was all in the air and I made the big decision to move to Saracens. I don't regret it at all.
& # 39; Since then it's all over. Fortunately, everything worked out and I took my chances when they came.
& # 39; I don't think I've played 40 professional rugby matches before, so to achieve what I have it's unreal. & # 39;
It was a steep learning curve for Carre, whose fourth and fifth caps came off the bench in the World Cup quarters and semifinals against France and South Africa.
"When I first came in I wasn't in the best physical shape," he added of his introduction to Wales last summer.
& # 39; I'm not saying I'm perfect now, but I'm in a much better shape than I was then.
& # 39; I was about 21 stones for the World Cup. I am now about 20 stones. A stone is a lot for your body to carry around when it's not necessary, so lifting that weight off my shoulders is a huge help to me on the field. & # 39; He and the Wales squad are desperate to stop the decline under Wayne Pivac, knowing the team hasn't lost four in a row in Six Nations for 13 years.
"It will take time and we know that," said Carre.
& # 39; We are not happy with the way we played & # 39; Mistakes are the only way we learn. It is not ideal that we lose games because we want to win every game. & # 39; ENDS
England prop Joe Marler cited for seizing the private parts of Alun Wyn Jones in England's victory over Wales
- Joe Marler and Courtney Lawes were quoted after England's victory over Wales
- At the beginning of the first half, Marler was caught on Alun Wyn Jones
- The English gag seemed to be the genitals of to grab the captain of Wales during a melee
The Joe Marler from England was quoted in the aftermath of The Six Nations of Saturday win Wales after appearing for treatment of the genitals of Alun Wyn Jones
Marler, alongside Courtney Lawes – who has been cited for an alleged dangerous tackle on Jones – will now appear for a disciplinary hearing in Dublin on Thursday.
The future of Marler in England was questioned after the incident, amid new speculations about test pensions.
Wales-international Joe Allen REGULDE OFF Euro 2020 after tearing the Achilles tendon for Stoke … inflicting a huge blow to manager Ryan Giggs before the tournament
- Joe Allen landed awkwardly for Stoke and has torn his Achilles tendon
- All were in Euro 2016 team of the tournament when Wales reached the semifinals
- He sustained the injury in Stoke's 5-1 win over Hull City in the championship
The midfielder misses the rest of the season and Euro 2020 for Wales
The 29-year-old, who has 56 international caps, sustained the injury in the Potters' 5-1 win over Hull on Saturday.
He was forced halfway through a tricky landing after stumbling over Hull & # 39; s Daniel Batty and will miss the rest of the season before broadcasting this summer's tournament – he was named in the Euro 2016 team of the tournament when Wales reached the semi-final in France .
& # 39; It's devastating for us and devastating for us r the boy, & # 39; Stoke boss Michael O & # 39; Neill told the official website of the club.
& # 39; He will not only miss the rest of the season, but of course also Euro 2020
& # 39; I know what it means for him to play for Wales and of course we (Northern Ireland) also played them in 2016 and he had a fantastic tournament then.
& # 39; I am sure he would have been looking forward to the final and a chance for him to once again show that he is an international topper, which he has proven in the past. It has taken away a bit of the shine for me.
& # 39; These things do not occur frequently in players' careers, so if it is cruelly taken away by an injury it is not very nice. & # 39;