We’ve also asked this question in the UAE, where restrictions in other areas of life have already been eased – for example, residents are now allowed to move freely between the hours of 6am to 10opm without a permit.
Truth be told, UAE residents are split on how sports competitions should be concluded. See our chart below.
A third of them want sports competitions to be completed at a later date, no matter when that might be (compare that to India where 43% of people chose that option and the UK, where 39% of people said the same).
But a fairly high proportion (24%) also believe that, in the event of a long suspension (which we qualified as two months or longer), competitions should be abandoned with no winners. Fourteen percent say that in the event of such a delay, sports organisers should find some other way of identifying winner and losers.
The fact is that, just like in other countries, there is no clear consensus on the way ahead for sports – something which sports organisers will have to grapple with in the coming weeks. Sometimes the data just confirms how complex everything is.