Coronavirus: South korea K-league has decided to temporary postpone the start of new season
South Korea’s K-league postponed the start of the new football season on 24th feb 2020 as the country announced a leap in novel coronavirus cases.K-league, one of the strongest in Asia.
K-league was scheduled to start this weekend including current champions Jeonbuk Motors 2020 edition of the 12-team competition.
K League made the announcement after an emergency meeting in Seoul, The K-league has decided to postpone the start of the K-league season 2020 until the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak eases. South Korea is the hardest-hit outside China by the coronavirus, nealy 833 cases of coronavirus in south korea. 52 new cases of the coronavirus reported on Friday in south korea.
There are concerns that the virus could spread nationwide but majority of infections in South Korea have been found in the southeastern city of Daegu.
There was no immediate word from the AFC about whether the postpone of league will affect the AFC Champions League
China had announced on jan 30 the suspension of postponed indefinitely the top-flight Chinese Super League season, which had been due to kick off last Saturday (Feb 22). Chinese teams were mostly sidelined from the Asian competition until after April.
China also indefinitely postponeded the start of its domestic league, from the Asian competition Chinese teams were mostly sidelined until April
Rising number of coronavirus cases and deaths elsewhere has deepened fears, nealy 2,600 people have died in China. and coronavirus outbreak, which originated in Wuhan in Hubei and has infected nearly 77,000 people.
World Team Table Tennis Championships is scheduled for March 22-29. A news agency of south koriya said the city of Busan was “actively considering” delaying the World Team Table Tennis Championships.
After a meeting of representatives from the 12 clubs and league executives the K-League said Daegu’s season 2020 opener against Gangwon FC on Feb. 29, 2020 and Pohang’s meeting with Busan IPark on March 1 would be played later month of 2020 it may be in March or in June.
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’
South Korea’s table tennis federation and The ITTF had said they would take advice from the World Health Organisation(WHO) and the government to put safety measures in place for the event.
In the meeting, It was also decided that the South Korean clubs home game in the AFC Champions League 2020 will be held as scheduled in 2020, but without the involvement of spectators behind closed doors.
The 2020 season domestic league of the South Korea was originally to kick off on February 29.
Nealy 2.5 million people inn Daegu are asked to stay indoors, saw its confirmed cases jump by 131 to 457 on Monday 24th 2020 morning, despite efforts to stem the spread of the virus, News Agency quoted the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) as saying.