Sports Gazette

by sports journalism students at St Mary's University, London

Coronavirus shutdown: Here’s how sports stars are keeping busy

Posted on 20 March 2020 by Danny Clark
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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.”

Lewis Hamilton also found a different way to spend his time after the start of the F1 season was delayed.

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.

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.

However, the best (and most definitely, excitable) workout partner surely has to be Chelsea’s Maria Thorisdottir’s furry companion.

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.

Darts ace Fallon Sherrock attempted and completed the three bullseye challenge in impressive fashion.

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.

Keep it up

And finally, the #stayathomechallenge – basically keepy upps with a toilet roll.

Here are a few of my personal favourites.