Today marks a week since the government announced a ban on mass gatherings across the UK in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
A week later and as people continue to adapt to the reality of social distancing and self-isolation, Covid-19 has subsequently decimated the sporting schedule.
Euro 2020, the Six Nations, the Masters and the London Marathon are just a few of the major sporting events that have been affected so far.
Suspensions to domestic football worldwide as well as the cancellation of numerous tennis competitions and cricket series’ have provided further disruption.
As a result, many sports athletes across the world have been forced to keep themselves busy and entertained with their new-found free time.
Here’s a look at what some of them have been up to…
Picking up a new hobby
In the United States, NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo has been busy playing guitar – albeit questionably.
The reigning MVP was recorded by girlfriend Mariah Danae playing Deep Purple’s Smoke on the Water, with the Milwaukee Bucks ace commenting: “If anyone wants a guitarist for their group, I’m free.”
— Mariah Danae (@mariahdanae15) March 15, 2020
Lewis Hamilton also found a different way to spend his time after the start of the F1 season was delayed.
Gutted to not be qualifying today. I decided to stick around Melbourne and go indoor rock climbing. It’s a great way for me to keep focused.
I just wanted to say thanks to all of you who have been sending me such positive messages. Hope you are all staying safe. 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/aj4CvgF4sV
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) March 14, 2020
No equipment, no problem
As demonstrated by Manchester City’s David Silva, in times like these you often have to make do with the ‘equipment’ readily available to you.
— David Silva (@21LVA) March 15, 2020
Australian tennis player John Millman similarly received special assistance as he worked to maintain his fitness with the ATP and WTA schedule suspended for the foreseeable future.
Teamwork makes the dreamwork.
— ATP Tour (@atptour) March 19, 2020
However, the best (and most definitely, excitable) workout partner surely has to be Chelsea’s Maria Thorisdottir’s furry companion.
Working from home… Harder than it might seem! 🤣🐶
— Chelsea FC Women (@ChelseaFCW) March 18, 2020
That’s just showing off…
Olympic gold medallist and major winner Justin Rose continued to work on his short game despite being restricted to the surroundings of his home.
Morning practice ✅🎱 pic.twitter.com/wMAwMuCheD
— Justin ROSE (@JustinRose99) March 18, 2020
Darts ace Fallon Sherrock attempted and completed the three bullseye challenge in impressive fashion.
— Fallon Sherrock (@Fsherrock) March 19, 2020
Milner. James Milner.
This man deserves his own section.
A jack of all trades, only one man could make measuring grass and rationing tea bags a compelling watch.
I’ll let the videos do the talking.
— James Milner (@JamesMilner) March 17, 2020
— James Milner (@JamesMilner) March 15, 2020
Keep it up
And finally, the #stayathomechallenge – basically keepy upps with a toilet roll.
Here are a few of my personal favourites.
— Chelsea FC Women (@ChelseaFCW) March 19, 2020
— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) March 15, 2020
Should be listening to the CL anthem today, instead juggling some toilet paper rolls 🧻 okay, challenge accepted 🤷🏽♂️😂 pic.twitter.com/SXkMnHR327
— Jerome Boateng (@JB17Official) March 18, 2020