English Premiership Players and staff test positive to Covid-19
Last week, all the teams in the English premier league voted unanimously in the favour of implementing “Project Restart”, following strict adherence to premier league regulations to carry out testing twice a week on all the players and backroom staff of each club. After the second round of testing conducted between the 19th to 22nd May 2020, eight persons were confirmed positive and are self-isolating according to the EPL guidelines, six of whom were from the first round.
An unidentified AFC Bournemouth player tested positive in the second wave of testing, the cherries confirmed this on its website on Saturday “due to medical confidentiality the player will not be named and would be self-isolated for a period of seven days as per the EPL protocols”. They further clarified that the clubs training ground remains a safe working environment for players and backroom staff.
FIFA allows each Football Association to decide when season ends
The football governing body FIFA has given its weight behind each football association to decide when the on-going season shall end. All games around the globe was suspended due to the novel corona virus pandemic that has claimed over 340,000 lives.
As the major leagues in Europe prepare for resumption, FIFA will allow each football association to determine when to end the season. The decision as further stated, does not prohibit any club from terminating its on-going season if it cannot continue its games.
Furthermore, the governing body will allow existing players and coaches’ contract that is set to expire June 30th to be extended through the remainder of the season to reduce dispute amongst management and professionals. However, the summer transfer window dates shall be adjusted to accommodate these lapses created by the pandemic.
134th Wimbledon Championship Cancelled
The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet club (AELTC) also known as All England Club has called off the 2020 Wimbledon championship due to public health concerns, the two weeks long tournament was supposed to run from June 29th 2020 through July 13th 2020 was called off due to Covid-19 Pandemic.
The only grand slam tennis event still held on grass has never been interrupted in over seven decades, the chairman of All England club Ian Hewitt said “it has weighed heavily in our minds that the staging of the championship has only been interrupted previously by world wars” since 1945 the international tournament has been held consistently, he further stated that “after extensive consultations, we believe that it is a measure of this global crisis that it is ultimately the right decision to cancel this year’s championship”.
The 134th championship will instead be staged from 28th June to 11 July 2021.