The Covid-19 crisis has finally infiltrated India’s biggest sport

The multibillion-dollar Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket tournament was finally suspended today (May 4).

In India, there are around 400,000 new daily Covid-19 infections (that we know of); a lack of hospital beds, vaccines, and oxygen supplies; and bodies cremated wherever grieving relatives can find space.

But until now, some of the world’s best players, along with support staff, TV crews, and the entire machinery of a major sporting event—except spectators—were still moving around the country in Covid-secure bubbles. Medical resources are severely limited in India, and questions were raised about whether any should be diverted to athletes rather than desperate patients.

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