The last year and a half have taught everyone the value of fans in sports. With the application of covid-19 restrictions worldwide, fans were kept at bay from attending their favorite team’s matches. And this resulted in the sense of hollowness that descended the players that were playing in the ground. But now the clouds are clearing up, and fans are once again making their way into the ground, albeit in a small number.
However, if reports are to be believed, then this stymie of a controlled crowd might soon lift in Australia very soon. According to a report by AFP, the Melbourne authorities in Australia are planning to remove the pandemic restriction. As a result, there are very high chances that the Boxing Day test match between Australia and England will be played in the presence of 100,000 fans.
This was made possible by the quick and efficient vaccination drive in the state of Victoria. Victorian Premier Dan Andrews has said that the state has almost hit the 90% vaccination mark, allowing this move to go through. Last year, when Australia took on India in the Boxing Day match, only 30,000 people were allowed into the ground due to restrictions. This year the limits are all set to be lifted completely.
There is also some good news for the tennis lovers, as the Grand Slam, which will begin in 2022, will also see the same changes in effect. The Tournament was hard hit by the pandemic last year. It started with a limited crowd and then also saw a five-day snap lockdown being called mid-event. Hence, it’s a win-win situation for both the fans and the players who will get to play in the merry presence of their beloved fans.