On August 28, MBC Has Announced That “2020 Idol Star Athletics Championship” Cancels All Indoor Sports Due To COVID-19
In light of the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, MBC has updated audiences regarding this year’s ‘ISAC’ programming.
On August 28, the broadcast network officially announced, “Due to the current situation and the dangers of COVID-19, we have canceled all ‘Idol Star Athletics Championships’ events that normally take place inside a gymnasium”.
MBC added, “We are currently discussing the possibility of separate broadcasts for the two events that can be held outdoors, with prevention of the spread of COVID-19, reducing the number of people present, and safety as our top priorities”.
The two programs that may be held outdoors are ‘e-sports’ and ‘dog-sports’, the latter of which will be a completely new addition, if confirmed. Although viewers are familiar with ‘e-sports’ from the last ‘ISAC’ games, the event ‘dog-sports (Agility)’ consists of idol athletes coming together with their pet dogs, challenging themselves in a tournament by overcoming obstacles.
The network affirmed, “Even in the case that we proceed with outdoor filming, we will take careful precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, while keeping the safety of the participants and staff as our top priority, and we will do our utmost to ensure that everyone can participate in the competition with peace of mind”.
Furthermore, MBC ensured that all athletes will be safely escorted throughout the recording by separating the teams according to individual booths and maintaining social distancing measures.
Stay tuned for further updates from MBC. Would you like to see your favorite idols engaging in these new sports?