COVID -19 hit world sports

Luanda – The coronavirus epidemic (COVID-19) has reached alarming proportions around the world, and to reduce the risks of its contamination, on a large scale, several national and international sports institutions have decided to postpone or cancel their respective competitions.

Among the events covered on the African continent are the “sine die” postponement, by the African Football Confederation, of the 3rd and 4th qualifying rounds to the 2021 African Championship.

Angola should face the Democratic Republic of Congo, at this stage of the qualifiers.

As for containment, it also covered the handball modality with the African Confederation to cancel the 27th edition of the Babacar Fall Super Cup and the 36th Cup Winners Cup, scheduled for Algeria with the involvement of the senior women’s teams of 1º de Agosto and Petro de Luanda, respectively from Angola.

Initially scheduled for 30 March to 9 April, these continental competitions are waiting for new schedules.

Among the featured competitions also postponed or canceled due to COVID -19 the Zonal 4.5, which would be played from 27 March to 5 April, in Lesotho.

Also the absolute African Swimming Championship, initially scheduled for April 17th to 22nd, in the South African city of Durban (postponed “sine die”).

The Mozambican Federation halted the first local football league matches.

In Portugal, a communiqué was issued, confirming the suspension of the 1st and 2nd professional football leagues, following the effects caused, and as a way of preventing the spread of the coronavirus.

For now, the Tokyo Olympic Games, beginning on July 24, were confirmed to the condition by the International Olympic Committee, which only decreed that the torch lighting ceremony in the ruins of ancient Olympus be held behind closed doors and with very accreditations limited to the press.

The NBA, the Spanish League, the football matches to count for the round of 16 of the Champions League and the Europa League, the Australian Grand Prix in Formula 1, the football championships in England, Germany and France are among competitions covered by precautionary measures.

The global pandemic caused by the new coronavirus has infected more than 151,000 people worldwide, with more than 5,700 deaths in 137 countries, according to the AFP count based on official data.

Source: Angola Press News Agency