On March 11, the Organizing Committee of the American Professional Basketball League (NBA) announced that it would postpone matches after a member of the Jazz team tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 virus. Acute respiratory tract infection COVID-19.
Earlier, the match between the Thunder team of Oklahoma state and the Jazz of Utah state in the NBA area was postponed right before the opening, although the Jazz team player who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 did not appear at the match.
Concerned about the spread of disease, local authorities in the United States also announced that it would ban spectators from watching sports events. Specifically, the states of Washington and California, the two places most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in the US, both issued a ban on audience gathering.
Meanwhile, Canadian authorities announced the cancellation of the World Figure Skating Championships, scheduled to take place in the country’s Montreal city next week, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, this contest has to be postponed due to the risk of spreading SARS-CoV-2 virus. It is estimated that this event will attract about 200 skater from 50 countries around the world.
According to Ms. McCann, some of the athletes participating in the competition came from countries with COVID-19 pandemic spread in the community, so if the event organizers can create opportunities for the virus to spread more widely.
The Skating Federation of Canada and the International Skating Federation (ISU) affirm their respect for the decision of the Quebec provincial government. In the coming weeks, both organizations will assess when the tournament can be held, but it is definitely after October this year.
On the same day, Argentina also announced the suspension of several upcoming sporting events in the country to prevent the virus from spreading.
Argentina’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports said it would suspend all sporting events this March, stating that the measure will only target events scheduled to take place in the next few days with the participation of those who come. from countries affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
These events include the World Fencing Tournament, the South American Swimming Championships, the World Athletics Tournament and the Olympic Boxing Qualifiers. However, this new order does not affect the Argentine football tournament or the Copa Libertadores South American Club Championship.
The World Football Federation (FIFA) has also announced that the Games scheduled to take place on June 5 in Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa will be postponed until September 18 due to the pandemic. Meanwhile, the FIFA Council meeting is scheduled for March 20 in Zurich, Switzerland, also postponed to June or July.