The Football body of the South Korea’s K-league have postponed the start of the new football season on Monday as a leap in novel coronavirus cases wreaked havoc across its sporting calendar.
The K-league was scheduled to start this weekend. This decision has spread to other spots like, Volleyball, basketball and handball have taken similar measures as cases spiked to 833 in South Korea, with seven deaths.
This was disclosed by the football body said after an emergency board meeting.
“This is a measure to protect the health and safety of the citizens and our players with the highest priority against the outbreak of the COVID-19 which has entered a serious phase,” said the football body.
There was no immediate word from the Asian Football Confederation about whether the postponement would affect the AFC Champions League, the continental showpiece featuring four Korean teams.
The coronavirus has cut a swathe through sport in Asia, with high-profile postponements including the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix and the Hong Kong Sevens rugby tournament.
The Korean Volleyball Federation said it would hold matches behind closed doors from Tuesday until “an improvement in the situation”. The Women’s Korean Basketball League took a similar decision last week and offered fans full refunds.
And the Korea Handball Federation cut its season short, cancelling the playoffs and finals.
South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said the city of Busan was “actively considering” postponing the World Team Table Tennis Championships, which are scheduled for March 22-29.
Nearly 2,600 people have died in China but the rising number of coronavirus cases and deaths elsewhere has deepened fears about a potential pandemic.
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