CEO Chatri Sityodtong said he had carefully planned a booming comeback after the world health crisis COVID-19.
The past few months have marked a sad moment for sports all over the world. Due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, most sporting events around the world have been postponed or even canceled. Martial arts tournaments are no exception. However, in recent days, several sporting events have begun to return to the fans.
The famous American MMA UFC quickly returned to the track last month. Meanwhile, to ensure absolute safety for everyone, ONE Championship has not officially operated normally.
However, the ONE Championship has a thorough plan for an explosive comeback after the world health crisis. Accordingly, ONE Championship has completed the last round of funding and will definitely return to fans this summer.
The financial base is stable, so at the moment, CEO Sityodtong is in discussions with government employees and health experts from China, Thailand and Singapore to return to the track as quickly as possible. Upon completion of the plan, Sityodtong intends to speed up ONE’s schedule. In the second half of 2020, they will organize as many matches as possible cautiously.
The last ONE Championship event took place on February 28. So far, the operation schedule of this organization has been delayed for more than 3 months. Although it seems slower than the opponent UFC, but actually, this is a more cautious step of ONE.
UFC returned to the track a few months earlier than competitors like Bellator, Invicta, or Professional Fighters League (PFL). Bellator has not yet announced the official return date. Invicta announced their latest program will take place on July 2 after a 5-month break. The Professional Fighters League has canceled the entire 2020 season and will return next year.
The CEO of ONE Championship does not seem worried that he will “run after” rivals. Sityodtong’s cautious attitude towards ONE’s return is suitable for the Asian market at the moment.
ONE Championship organizes competitions throughout the Pacific Rim and Asia. By the end of 2019, ONE’s martial arts events have appeared in nine countries. Each country has its own public health concerns, has different requirements for athletes’ visa issues, and has higher governing bodies beyond the sports commission.