As the global pandemic Covid19 continues to ravage the world, all sporting activities in the world has been greatly affected negatively and sport administrators across board are trying to figure a lasting solution and ways to ensure that a resumption to the field of play is assured with the best possible safeguards in place.
Sports officials in Taiwan have started to taken certain steps to adjust to the new normal, in sporting centre they have filled the stands with fake spectators instead of real ones and also adequate provisions for hand sanitizers in locker rooms while urging players and coaches to maintain public distancing at all times.
To bring back the euphoria of the game, one local team in Taiwan joined forces with a local robot company and put robots and signboards in the stadium to simulate the cheering fans.
Some cardboard signs are put up on cheery message: “We will always be with you.” A five-member band of robots played drums from the stands — a substitute for the usual cacophony of live music.
“Welcome to the one and only live sports game on the surface of the planet,” an announcer said. The fake fans are meant to ease the players’ sense of loneliness on the field. They are getting mixed reviews.
“At first, everyone felt it was a bit weird,” Chu Yu-Hsien, a player for the Rakuten Monkeys, said of the cardboard cutouts. “But as they grew in number day by day, we started to see it more as an unusual marketing campaign.”
Health officials in Taiwan has advised against gatherings of more than 100 people.
The government has been commended for its response towards curbing the pandemic which has resulted in a relatively fewer cases than many other countries with very high numbers of infections and deaths.