Concacaf And MLS Suspend Tournaments Due To Coronavirus

Miami, Mar 12 (EFE News) .- Concacaf and the United States Professional Soccer League (MLS), as well as the National Hockey League (NHL), decided this Thursday to immediately suspend their tournaments as a precautionary measure before the coronavirus COVID-19. In a statement, the MLS decided to stop its tournament in principle for 30 days, if it is possible to contain the coronavirus pandemic, while the Concacaf, which is based in Miami, announced that it has suspended the Champions League , also called ‘Concachampions’, after taking into account the high number of positive cases for COVID-19 that have occurred in North America. “For Concacaf, the well-being of all those related to our matches and competitions is of utmost importance. We have I’ve been closely monitoring the public health situation as it has evolved in the United States and throughout the region, “says the note. Los Angeles FC and Cruz Azul were due to play tonight on US soil. In the Champions League quarterfinal second leg match, also this Thursday, the NHL informed its associated clubs of the suspension of the current season immediately, without specifying a return date, while NASCAR reported today that the The current season would continue but without an audience. The NBA announced Wednesday that it was suspending the professional basketball season in the United States after the French player Rudy Gobert, of the Utah Jazz, tested positive for the coronavirus COVID-19. He was the first player to test positive for COVID-19, forcing the NBA to suspend his team’s game tonight against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Giménez , suspended several massive events on Thursday, including the Miami Tennis Open, as a “precaution” before the first appearance of the coronavirus outbreak in this southeast Florida county. The tournament in Miami confirmed to Efe the cancellation of the sporting event, which had among its participants this year the Spanish Rafael Nadal, the Serbian Novak Djokovic and the Swiss Roger Federer. Giménez declared a state of emergency last night after confirming the first case of COVID- 19 in the county President Donald Trump announced last night a veto on travel to the US from the 26 countries that belong to the European Schengen area of ​​free movement, including Spain, in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, and today added that it would not rules out extending that veto to more days. The suspension will take effect at midnight from Friday to Saturday, and although Trump said in his speech that it would last 30 days, the written order he signed, released later by the White House, does not mention that period and it only indicates that the restriction will end when the president so decides. (c) Agencia EFE

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