Sports events postponed due to the spread of COVID-19 around the world

A notice on the prevention of COVID-19 is installed at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England. London = Associated Press

As the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) Omicron mutation rapidly spreads around the world, the international sports world is also suffering from it.

The English Premier League (EPL) Secretariat announced on the 31st (Korean time), “After internal discussion, it has been decided to cancel the Leicester-Norwich match, which was scheduled to be held at King Power Stadium, Leicester City’s home ground, on the 1st.” The EPL Secretariat accepted Norwich’s request to postpone the game, saying that it could not meet the required number of players due to the number of confirmed and injured players on the team. A team must have at least 13 field players and 1 goalkeeper to play.

The number of confirmed cases of Corona 19 in the Spanish professional football La Liga (La Liga) is also increasing. FC Barcelona announced on the same day that midfielder Filippi Cochinho, defender Sergiño Dest and winger Ez Abde have tested positive for COVID-19. The club said they are all in quarantine and are in good health.

If you add up to 7 people, including Dani Auves, Jordi Alba, and Usman Dembele, who were previously confirmed with Corona 19, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 in Barcelona is 10. ESPN reported that only nine first-team players are allowed to leave FC Barcelona for a match against Mallorca, scheduled for January 2, next year, due to a series of confirmed cases of COVID-19 and some players unable to appear due to injury or disciplinary action.

Atletico Madrid, a club in the same La Liga, also announced on the same day that five people had been infected. Among the confirmed cases was coach Diego Simeone. Simeone contracted COVID-19 again in September last year, ahead of the start of the 2020-2021 season. In addition to Simeone, strikers Antoine Griezmann, Joao Felice, midfielder Koke and Hector Herrera were also included in the confirmed cases.

In addition, cases of infection in La Liga are continuing, such as news of striker Luka Jovic’s coronavirus being confirmed by the leading team, Real Madrid.

In the NBA, there is a shortage of players as well as referees due to COVID-19. ESPN reported on the same day that “25 referees, 36% of 70 NBA referees, are currently in quarantine.”

In NBA games, there are usually three referees on the court, and one referee is also assigned to the video review room. If more than 10 games are played in a day, more than 40 referees are required.

The Denver Nuggets and Golden State Warriors match, which was scheduled to be played on the same day, was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Denver did not meet the minimum number of players to play. 11 games have already been postponed in the NBA.

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