Awaiting the resumption of live sports, nearly 60 percent fans believe the Indian Premier League might still happen this year, with 13 percent calling for it to take place behind closed doors, according to a survey.
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to either cancellation or postponement of all sporting events across the world, including the Olympics.
Back home, the IPL, which was scheduled to start on March 29, was pushed back until April 15 before the organisers decided to postpone it indefinitely considering the unprecedented health crisis.
A survey conducted by MyTeam11, which involved 10,000 people, found that people foresee sport returning soon but sporting venues will continue to be empty for a long time.
"83 percent of the poll takers pitched in to say that sports might get rolling again by the end of the year 2020 while nearly 40 percent will not feel comfortable attending sports events anytime before the year 2021. The pandemic has affected people greatly and they are unwilling to put their safety at stake," the company said in a press release.
Regarding the IPL, it stated, "60 percent of the people believe IPL might be organised during some other available window. This shows, fans are eagerly waiting for the tournament to be held."
"Nearly 40 people of the poll takers believe that it might not happen this year. On the other hand, 13 percent of the people believe that it should be organised in empty stadiums during the June-July window."
The pandemic, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan in Hubei province, has so far claimed over 30 lakh lives across the world.
On the basis of the survey, it further said, "Where on one hand 63 percent of the sports fraternity is eagerly waiting for sports to resume soon, 20 percent of the people are okay even if it resumes in 3-4 months."