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Ringside Physicians Association Calls For Postponement of All Combat Sports, Even If Shows Have No Audience, Following UFC 249 News

April 7, 2020 | Posted by Ashish
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The board of directors of the Association of Ringside Physicians released a statement on Monday calling for the postponement of all combat sports until the coronavirus is contained. They specified that they wanted even the events with nobody in attendance to be stopped.

The statement follows UFC’s decision to go ahead with UFC 249 from an undisclosed U.S. location. WWE and AEW, meanwhile, have been running shows with no audience.

The statement noted that their recommendation is not just to prevent the spread of the virus, but also to not put additional strain on the medical system since fighters often need medical attention after fights.

Their full statement is below.

ARP Statement on COVID-19
A LETTER FROM THE BOARD

The ARP recommends the indefinite suspension of all combat sports events.

The Association of Ringside Physicians has been actively following the recommendations of the CDC as well as other professional medical societies concerned with the spread of COVID-19, or novel coronavirus.

Sporting events across the world have been cancelled in response to the increased risk of infection and transmission by participants, fans, officials, and support staff.

It is our recommendation that all combat sporting events be postponed until further notice. This includes any and all events, regardless of the number of people involved. Any combat sport taking place during this global pandemic places the athletes, officials, and anyone else involved in the event under unnecessary risk of infection and transmission of Covid-19. In addition, combat sports athletes often require medical attention after a bout, and we do not wish to see any additional strain on an already overwhelmed medical system.

We continue to monitor this ever-evolving situation, and our thoughts continue to be with those who have been and will be affected by this disease.

Our organization remains steadfast in our mission: to serve, protect, and educate all involved in combative sports.

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