After a Utah Jazz player tested positive for the Coronavirus, shortly before their game against Oklahoma City Thunder, the National Basketball Association (NBA) decided to suspend the 2019-20 regular season.
The Jazz-Thunder game was delayed before tip-off and got postponed eventually.
“The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic,” NBA said in a statement.
“A player on the Utah Jazz preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19. The test result was reported shortly prior to the tip-off. At that time, tonight’s game was cancelled. The affected player was not in the arena,” the statement added.
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— NBA (@NBA) March 12, 2020
According to reports, Jazz’s Rudy Gobert’s was the player to have ‘preliminarily tested positive’ for Coronavirus. Denver Nuggets’ coach, Michael Malone, also mentioned Gobert in his postgame news conference in Dallas.
Utah, in a statement, said that the team is working with the Center for Disease Control [CDC], the league and officials in Oklahoma and Utah.
“The Utah player was receiving care in Oklahoma City,” the statement added.
A statement from the Utah Jazz:
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) March 12, 2020
On Wednesday, the NBA Board of Governors discussed the issue via telephonic conference and decided to suspend 2019-20 regular season, until further notice.
CONMEBOL Pens Letter to FIFA to Suspend World Cup Qualifiers
South America’s football governing body, CONMEBOL, has requested FIFA to suspend the upcoming South American World Cup qualifiers, slated for the end of March, due to the coronavirus outbreak.
CONMEBOL, on Wednesday, wrote a letter where they asked FIFA in the name of members Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. FIFA is yet to reply.
— CONMEBOL.com (@CONMEBOL) March 12, 2020
Earlier, The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Coronavirus a pandemic. The WHO chief expressed his ‘deep concern’ over the ‘alarming levels of inaction’ in combating the virus spread.
118,000 cases of COVID-19 have spread across 114 countries around the world. The novel coronavirus has already claimed over 4,000 lives, globally.