PARIS: The coronavirus is as soon as once more disrupting international sport, forcing the cancellation of English Premier League matches and the scrapping of a one-day cricket collection.
AFP Sport appears on the state of play world wide as authorities scramble to deal with the surging pandemic.
– Football –
— Five of the ten Premier League matches scheduled for this weekend are off. The golf equipment are resulting from meet on Monday to debate the disaster, with variations rising over whether or not to briefly halt the season as a firebreaker for infections or to hold on. Brentford supervisor Thomas Frank has known as for a “circuit break” as constructive checks multiply through the busiest time within the English soccer calendar. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp stated it might quickly turn into inconceivable to keep up the schedule as squads turn into over-stretched by Covid absences and accidents.
— Morocco coach Vahid Halilhodzic has expressed his worry that the already-delayed Africa Cup of Nations, resulting from kick off in Cameroon subsequent month, may very well be known as off as a result of renewed menace of Covid-19 and the chance that European golf equipment won’t launch gamers for the event.
— Real Madrid have reported numerous constructive checks, with Gareth Bale and Luka Modric among the many gamers affected. Under Liga protocols, a membership should have no less than 13 gamers, no less than 5 of them first-teamers and one a goalkeeper, obtainable to play a match. The membership additionally reported instances in its basketball crew.
– Cricket –
— Covid has compelled the cancellation of the one-day collection between Pakistan and the West Indies. Five members of the West Indies touring occasion — together with three gamers — examined constructive for Covid on Thursday, along with earlier constructive instances.
— Australia captain Pat Cummins was compelled to take a seat out the second Ashes Test after being in shut contact with any individual who examined constructive for Covid-19. Under South Australia state’s strict bio-security guidelines the quick bowler was required to isolate for seven days however has now been permitted to move residence, the place he should stay till the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.
— The Indian cricket crew arrived in Johannesburg on Thursday and headed straight for his or her bio-secure base in the beginning of a curtailed South Africa tour. India will play three Tests and three one-day internationals regardless of a surge in coronavirus instances in South Africa, however 4 deliberate T20 internationals have been dropped from the unique schedule.
– Rugby Union –
— European rugby chiefs have postponed seven matches within the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup competitions between UK and French sides resulting from strict coronavirus journey guidelines. Three matches had already been cancelled resulting from Covid outbreaks.
— The English Premiership introduced on Friday that 47 gamers and 7 members of employees, from 9 completely different golf equipment, had examined constructive for coronavirus in its newest spherical of weekly testing. That was sharply up from the earlier week, when simply 5 gamers and employees in whole examined constructive.
– NFL –
The National Football League on Friday postponed three weekend video games amid a Covid-19 surge that has “seen a substantial increase in cases across the league.”
Saturday’s recreation between the Las Vegas Raiders and the Cleveland Browns was moved to Monday, whereas Sunday’s assembly between the Washington Football Team and Philadelphia Eagles, and the Seattle Seahawks v Los Angeles Rams recreation have been moved to Tuesday.
The NFL had earlier introduced enhanced virus security protocols
– NBA –
The NBA has boosted its coronavirus measures after a surge in instances. The new measures will embody extra testing and masks sporting for gamers and employees, in response to reviews. Increased each day testing will start December 26 and final two weeks.
– NHL –
The National Hockey League stated Friday it was suspending a recreation Saturday between the Boston Bruins and the Canadiens in Montreal due to Covid-19 issues.
It is the eleventh recreation postponed this season. That consists of 4 Calgary video games postponed because the Flames cope with a Covid outbreak that has 19 gamers beneath Covid protocols.