The terrible pandemic of the coronavirus that has traumatized the world has devastated the sport. Not only for those they expect to compete, but for those whose life has always had a pattern as the family in this time of the year. As the tennis legend and member of the Academy Laureus, Martina Navratilova.
Martina est confined to his home in Florida and says that you are facing the situation, but est sad because you have to be in Wimbledon for the first time since 1973, now that the event of the Grand Slam has been cancelled. And it is also seriously concerned by many of the children and youth who attend the programs of the Laureus Sport for Good around the world, and that may be vulnerable to the impact of the coronavirus.
In an interview with Laureus.com Martina, winner of 59 ttulos Grand Slam, including singles, doubles and mixed, lament the situation, thus: “the tennis players in the New year always provides for Wimbledon. I have been going to the All England from that tena 16 aos. I have not lost any. Now this is the first time without Wimbledon and I’m dying to get on a plane and touch the grass”.
“Only by being all, only by land. Boris (Becker), in particular, and myself, we have always had a love affair with Wimbledon and I think the fans know it. Wimbledon transcends tennis and transcends the sport.”
“These moments I think and also make us realize of what’s involved in the sport, luxury, and great luck that we had that what jugramos for a living, but everyone misses, it is still a big part of the fabric of our lives”.
“Only the war has prevented the holding of major tournaments, now we have this pandemic and to players such as Roger Federater and, of course, Serena Williams, is time lost. Particularly for Serena, since Wimbledon is his best chance to overcome the record of Margaret Court. She est stalled at the 23 and try to get to the 24, maybe 25. It is a missed opportunity when you get older. If you were in that position I become crazy by not being able to play”.
“Everyone is in the same boat, but for veteran players like Roger and even Rafa Nadal and,in particular, Serena Williams, is the most difficult, no doubt. I pity them, because this is an enemy that cannot be rehabilitated, cannot be addressed, the slo is expected to go away and we can play the ao next year”.
“Novak Djokovic is right behind Roger and Rafa chasing the big ttulos, but I think that the ms affected will be Roger Federerbecause it is the older one. But you have to deal with it. As said Billie Jean King: ‘champions adjust”.
As a member of the Academy of Laureus, which over the years has visited many of the humanitarian programs around the world that Laureus supportsMartina is concerned about now seriously for many of the youth involved: “In many countries, Laureus has given the children the opportunity to be themselves, compete, play, socialize, and even get an education, secure a safe space that they can’t get, for whatever reason, with your family or your neighborhood or your country”.
“I am very proud to have been part of some of these projects. I went to a project of boxing in the East End of London, and even sub to the ringand I’ve been in a slum of Mathare in the outskirts of Nairobi a couple of times where you can’t imagine the conditions”.
“There are 10,000 children who are playing football, taking care of their education, their health, their well-being, getting advice on HIV-AIDS. And now he adds to that, the coronavirus, and social distancing in places where people est concentrated in 10 or 20 square metres, this is difficult”.
“This pandemic that is hitting Europe, which is hitting America, has not really entered in africa and Asia, who are behind the curve and now, how are going to deal with this?, how do I help you? Perhaps Laureus able to find a way to stay ahead of the curve because that wave about and all of these projects be affected in a way much more”.
“And, of course, when people just worry about staying alive, financially, all suffer and people don’t donate to both organizations, charities, and so all suffering all the time, and organizations, charities are the first to go. Then, it’s going to be really hard to keep all these projects running. We must make the money keep flowing in some way.”
“Each project is different, each situation is different and you need to be specific to that time and place in particular. I was involved in a small project in Fort Lauderdale, trying to make people cosiera masks, something that can save lives.”
“I know a few doctors and nurses. Joined to help people, but not joined to risk their own lives, for which we extend our hearts to agradecrselo. I think that also, in the long term, this pandemic to help people that are overlooked: the concierges, to the cleaning staff, to the people that deliver food, collect food. I hope this will elevate your status and show cun necessary they are to our well-being and perhaps also be paid better for their work”.
“Only I hope that somehow we find a way out of this, and that does not suffer from a lot of people. I think of those who have and those who have not, the gulf between the people is even more obvious now because people of color, people of low-level socioeconmico are the most affected and have no way to escape it. They do not see the end of the tunnel, as my heart est with all the people who are affected in one way so hard”.
“Finally, to all the children and adults who have been affected by this in the projects of Laureus, I say: ‘Hold on, things upgrade, we will come out of this.'”
In the past 20 years, Laureus Sport for Good has raised more than 150 million euros to the sector of Sport for Development, reaching and helping to change the lives of almost 6 million children and youth Laureus Sport for Good service currently supports more than 200 programs in more than 40 passes that use the power of sport to transform lives.