One Championship Events To Be Held Behind Closed Doors Until End Of May

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One Championship has already made some major changes in light of the coronavirus, holding one event behind closed doors and postponing another card.

However, One CEO Chatri Sityodtong has taken things a step further because the promotion will now hold all future events behind closed doors until the end of May.

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Sityodtong made the announce via Facebook:

BREAKING NEWS: My team and I have decided to turn all events for ONE Championship into closed-door, audience-free events effective immediately. Bar none, the safety of our fans, athletes, staff, partners, and the public is the highest priority for ONE Championship. All scheduled ONE events with live audiences will now be suspended until at least May 29, 2020 due to the extraordinary COVID-19 global situation.

For the millions of fans at home around the world, the show will go on from the comfort and safety of your living room. Our global broadcast shows behind closed doors will commence with an initial schedule of April 17, April 24, May 1, and May 8 respectively all in Singapore. Bout cards will be announced shortly for these broadcast-only shows, and additional dates will be added in the near future. Also, ONE Infinity Series, the world apex of martial arts events, is now slated to kick off on May 29, 2020 in Manila, Philippines with ONE Infinity 1 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

We are operating in truly extraordinary times, but my team and I remain committed to providing you the best sports and entertainment action available anywhere on global broadcast today. ONE Championship will continue to thrill you with the greatest martial artists on the planet and inspire you with their incredible stories. This virus might be on the attack right now, but I believe in the power of the human spirit. LET'S GOOOOO!!! #WeAreONE

There is a chance that the promotion could run more closed door events after May 29, but that decision is going to be made based on how the fight against the coronavirus is going at that time.

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