ONE Championship will officially postpone its April events.
In a statement from CEO Chatri Sityodtong on the company website, the company has postponed its ONE: Hope and ONE: Strength shows which were scheduled for April 1 and April 24 respectively.
“Unfortunately, ONE Championship will have to postpone its closed-door, audience-free events for April due to new COVID-19 restrictions,” Sityodtong said. “To extinguish the recent growth of the coronavirus, the Singapore Government has just wisely ordered a partial lockdown of the country, whereby effective tomorrow (April 7th) onwards, only essential services (such as food, healthcare, and transportation) are allowed to operate. Additionally, major countries (China, Thailand, Singapore, Australia, Russia, India, Vietnam, Japan, etc) have temporarily closed their borders.
“We are living through the most extraordinary of times. The good news is that these short-term restrictions will undoubtedly slow down the coronavirus, and flatten the curve. To be clear though, it needs all of us to work together with vigilance. The most important thing that we can do as individuals is to follow the strict orders of our respective governments and to practice social distancing, good hygiene, and telecommuting. The virus cannot spread if we all stay at home. It really is as simple as that. Let us join hands in this fight and stand united as ONE.”
Several ONE fighters have shared tips on staying healthy during the pandemic, including Indian strawweight Puja Tomar.
Meanwhile, the company also announced that the Petchyindee Academy in Thailand announced will join together with other members of the Muay Thai community to donate $19,000 USD to gyms in Thailand – primarily rural gyms to help with electricity, food, and clean water costs during the pandemic.