After the coronavirus pandemic caused the cancellation of the Formula One tournament and some other events in the country, Australian sports codes are shutting out fans.
The NRL will host games from next weekend at the empty stadiums after the federation declared banning unnecessary gatherings of over 500 people, effective Monday.
AFL men’s and women’s contests are also going to take place without fans attending.
The basketball government closed the final series of NBL games for the audience from the second match on Friday night.
Australia’s Super Rugby matches will mimic the coming weekend while the swimming hierarchy will cancel the national championship next month.
Australia’s men’s cricket team began an international day against New Zealand in an empty Sydney arena on Friday, hours after the Australian Grand Prix became the main national sporting event canceled by the coronavirus.
Organizers stopped the start of the season while the audience was lining up to enter Melbourne’s Albert Park race, their call came after 14 people linked to the Grand Prix were tested – one, a member of the McLaren racing team, responded positively.
Supercar races have also been canceled, while Super Netball’s pre-season tournament later this month has been eliminated.
Australian sports have no choice but to watch tournaments around the world in organizing games without spectators or suspending competition after Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced banning gatherings with too many people.
Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle says fans can participate in Super Rugby matches this weekend but they will be indefinitely banned from the next round.
In basketball, NBL owner Larry Kestelman excluded fans from the final series between Perth Wildcats and Sydney Kings.
The Australian Football Federation (FFA) has postponed all international travel of the national teams, starting with a friendly match next month between Matildas and the United States in Utah.
But James Johnson, FFA’s military director, said the A-League matches and the W-League semi-finals on Friday and weekends would plow in public.
The World Surf League also suspended all events this month while cycling owners canceled the BMX national titles thanks to being held on March 23.