By Chaeyoun Won and Hyonhee Shin | 5 May 2020
REUTERS — Lee Raon, a nine-year-old baseball fan, stood on the mound. But instead of throwing the ball, the boy, inside a giant clear balloon, walked towards the catcher in what was called a “socially distant first pitch” for South Korean club KT Wiz on Tuesday.
The ceremony marked the kick-off of South Korea’s baseball league season after a five-week delay due to the global coronavirus pandemic, which has all but wiped the world’s sporting calendar clean.
No fans were allowed in, and referees and coaches wore masks. Several clubs brought cheerleaders and major television networks aired the games, which would have otherwise been a treat for Children’s Day. […]