“ONE: King of the Jungle” will be a closed-door event due to the novel coronavirus, which is officially called the COVID-19. The ONE Championship event will take place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore on February 28, 2020 as planned but it will be closed off to fans and media.
Recently, Singapore’s Ministry of Health raised its Disease Outbreak Response System Condition (DORSCON) level from yellow to orange after having confirmed 75 cases of infection. Following this, ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong explained the decision related to “ONE: King of the Jungle.”
“In light of the coronavirus situation in Singapore, I have made the decision to convert ‘ONE: King of the Jungle’ on February 28 into a closed event for broadcast only,” Chatri stated. “The Singapore Indoor Stadium will not be open to the general public, but the event will proceed behind closed doors as scheduled live on all TV and digital platforms across 150+ countries around the world.”
Fans who purchased tickets to the event will be given a full refund through Sportshub Tix, ONE Championship’s official ticketing partner in Singapore. All bouts are to proceed as scheduled and will still be available live via TV and digital platforms worldwide as well as through the ONE Super App.
“We just felt that this was an incredible moment for us to ignite hope and strength across the continent of Asia and to our fans all over the world during this difficult time,” Chatri said. “I also want to say that it is only by love, compassion, and resilience that Singapore as a country and Asia as a continent can overcome and conquer the coronavirus.”
Chatri clarified that while Singapore will proceed with its closed-door event, other events ONE Championship has scheduled in other countries will proceed as planned. The organization remains firm in its promise to deliver at least 50 events this year across all of its properties and will make decisions to alter its events based on various factors as situations change.
“It was not an easy decision for us,” Chatri said. “In fact, many people were pushing us to cancel the event. But I thought back to why I started ONE Championship in the first place and our mission since day one has been to unleash real-life superheroes who ignite the world with hope, strength, dreams and inspiration.”
“It’s a very different mission than all of our other global competitors,” the ONE Championship CEO continued. “Yes, we want to put on the greatest fights. Yes, we have the greatest martial artists in the world but there’s a deeper mission for ONE Championship and in a time of crisis, in a time of fear in the continent of Asia, our heroes are ready to inspire the world.”
Check the complete “ONE: King of the Jungle” fight card here. Listen to Chatri’s complete statement here: