India suspends domestic soccer and cricket over coronavirus outbreak

Derrick Santistevan

India suspended domestic soccer till the end of this month while domestic cricket was postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus on Saturday.

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) stated in a declaration that, following the Ministry of Health and state government-level suggestions, “all footballing activities under the aegis of AIFF stay suspended till March 31”.

“The AIFF will take stock of the situation in the last week of March, and take a decision abiding by directives from relevant authorities at that juncture,” it added.

All I-League matches have also been suspended however the final of the franchise-based Indian Super League was because of going on without viewers in Goa later Saturday.

The outbreak has currently expense India its only European Trip golf event, a shooting World Cup and a BWF Super 500 badminton competition.

India’s continuous home ODI series versus South Africa has actually been aborted by the cricket board which has actually likewise held off the start of this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 till April 15.

In a declaration on Saturday, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) suspended all domestic matches too “till further notice.”

Some 145,594 individuals have actually been contaminated by the coronavirus throughout the world and 5,419 have actually passed away, according to a tally of federal government statements. Efforts to suppress the spread of the pandemic have actually commonly interrupted the global sports calendar.

BCCI representatives also met IPL franchise owners in Mumbai where the safety and wellness of the fans and players were recognized as the top priority.

“As much as we all want IPL to happen the health and safety of the public, players, staff and all others are of paramount importance,” Delhi Capitals co-owner Parth Jindal tweeted after the conference.

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