The New Age Entertainment of Home Sports
Of course, we have simulations which, most recently, was used to run a 'virtual Grand National'. However, we're talking about live virtual sports and competitions, whether it be pitting Premier League players against each other on FIFA, or sports stars actually competing in video-based challenges and competitions from home.
National Skateboarding Championships
The best talent in the country was supposed to be competing at the National Skate Boarding Championships in Manchester at the beginning of April. Unfortunately, due to lockdown, the event had to be cancelled, leaving both competitors and fans highly disappointed.
The organisers didn't want the skaters to miss an opportunity to excel, therefore, despite not being able to offer Olympic points, they set up an event that would run from home, and threw some prize money into the pot as well.
80 invitees were asked to film a clip of themselves pulling off an impressive skateboard (https://www.skatehut.co.uk/
Alex Decunha, the Olympic hopeful would go on to claim victory in the men's events, while 10-year old Roxana Howlett tore it up on the women's scene with her 'three-board stunt'.
On the eSports side of things then, with Premier League footballers finding themselves at a loose end thanks to a lack of weekly fixtures, some of the biggest stars kicked off their boots and pulled on their comfies instead.
Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold met Wolves' Diogo Jota in the final of the FIFA eSports invitational after the two bypassed Manchester City's Raheem Sterling and Dwight McNeill, respectively.
In true cup-final fashion, we were provided with a thrilling encounter between the England and Portuguese internationals, with the latter of the two winning through a Raul Jiminez golden goal.
Despite a lack of live sporting entertainment since the beginning of lockdown we have not been left disappointed thanks to a wide array of talent and technologies.