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Association Of Ringside Physicians Recommend Suspension Of Combat Sports Due To Coronavirus

Posted By: Dustin Frisch on Apr 07, 2020

Association Of Ringside Physicians Recommend Suspension Of Combat Sports Due To Coronavirus

The Association of Ringside Physicians issued a statement on the coronavirus pandemic and combat sports. The group includes a whopping 350 doctors worldwide, and they're suggesting the indefinite suspension of all combat sports events despite the number of people involved.

ARP works with boxing and MMA promotions, and isn't linked to AEW or WWE. Professional Wrestling is often considered to be under combat sports.

Both WWE and AEW have been recording their recent matches at closed-set locations with essential personnel allowed only. The rumor mill is saying that WWE will return to live TV with next weeks SmackDown and RAW, but that hasn't been confirmed by WWE as of this writing. Even if it does, it'd likely take place on a closed set.

 I can say that WNS readers have stated April events have been postponed till June or July as of a week or two ago. 

Sports leagues may have to wait until late summer 2020 to resume events with crowds, but as always this may or may not change as the virus news and concerns evolve.

ARP Statement on COVID-19


The ARP recommends the indefinite suspension of all combat sports events.

The Association of Ringside Physicians has been actively following the recommendations of the CDC as well as other professional medical societies concerned with the spread of COVID-19, or novel coronavirus.

Sporting events across the world have been cancelled in response to the increased risk of infection and transmission by participants, fans, officials, and support staff.

It is our recommendation that all combat sporting events be postponed until further notice. This includes any and all events, regardless of the number of people involved. Any combat sport taking place during this global pandemic places the athletes, officials, and anyone else involved in the event under unnecessary risk of infection and transmission of Covid-19. In addition, combat sports athletes often require medical attention after a bout, and we do not wish to see any additional strain on an already overwhelmed medical system.

We continue to monitor this ever-evolving situation, and our thoughts continue to be with those who have been and will be affected by this disease.

Our organization remains steadfast in our mission: to serve, protect, and educate all involved in combative sports.

Source: Association Of Ringside Physicians PR
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