Football: Some Top Football Leagues Set to Resume Amid Coronavirus
As many nations continue to fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, there are few nations who are starting to rip the fruits of tough measures (lockdowns, social-distancing, and mass testing) that were introduced in order to curb the spread. The football universe has been affected also with some competitions being temporarily stopped, other countries the competitions were abandoned and the entire season canceled.
Japan, South Korea, Sweden, China, and other countries whose leagues were scheduled to start in January, February to date have never started. Today we look at leagues with higher chances of resumption in May.
South Korea's K-League is set to return on May 8 and various strict measures have been put in place in order to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus. It is believed the players have instructed there will be no pre-match handshakes which were norm previously. The players have also been told that they cannot speak during the while also spitting in the pitch is prohibited.
Coaches are to wear face masks at all times during the games. The league was suspended when South Korea went into lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic various players have returned to training and teams have started playing practice games that were held behind closed doors.
The German Bundesliga is set to become the first elite European league to restart following the Covid-19 pandemic shutdown, and the chief executive of the German league, Christian Seifert, has said the league is ready to get going as soon as 9 May. The move is now dependant on the German politicians who will now have the final say when they meet on April 30.
On the flip side, Italian Serie A is set to resume as from May 4. Players have been advised to train individually from May 4, and in groups from May 18 as Italy begins to recover from COVID-19 lockdown.
There is hope that footballing action is on the horizon of returning as long citizens in different parts of the world can observe their government policies in order to kick the pandemic away. Please remember to Social distance, wash your hands with running water and soap, and am sure soon we shall be enjoying the beautiful game again.