competitions of the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) scheduled for the
next four months had been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the
Philippine Football Federation announced.
The announcement follows the decisions made by FIFA and AFC to postpone
the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Qualifiers and the AFC club competitions
scheduled from March to June this year.
The AFF U18 Women’s Championship (June 2020), AFF U16 Boys’
Championship (July 2020), and AFF U19 Boys Championship (August 2020)
are also moved to later dates.
The AFF Women’s Championship Qualifiers,which were to be hosted by the
Philippines in May-June 2020, is also postponed to a later date.
The inaugural ASEAN Club Championship, where PFF has nominated
Ceres-Negros FC to compete in the tournament, has been rescheduled for
Other AFF competitions scheduled for the latter part of the year
including the AFF U15 Girls’ Championship (September 2020) and the AFF
Suzuki Cup (November 2020) are set to push through.*
Gobert, all NBA Jazz players
staff cleared of coronavirus
Rudy Gobert, the first NBA player to test positive for coronavirus, and
all Utah Jazz players and staff have been cleared of coronavirus by the
Utah Department of Health, the club announced.
It was Frenchman Gobert testing positive for COVID-19 just before a
game on March 11 at Oklahoma City that prompted the NBA to shut down
the season, with his teammate Donovan Mitchell also testing positive.
Players and staff members completed a 14-day isolation and quarantine
period and no longer pose a risk of infection to others, the
state health department said.
Clearance typically involves two negative tests for coronavirus that are taken at least 24 hours apart.
Jazz players had been in quarantine or isolation since March 11, staying in touch through video chat links.
Jazz players and staff will continue to practice distancing and limit
time outside of their homes to essential activities, following
guidelines from the NBA and US Centers for Disease Control and
The Jazz news comes a day after Detroit's Christian Wood became the
first publicly known NBA player to be cleared after testing positive
for coronavirus on March 15.
Wood, the third NBA player to test positive after Gobert and Mitchell,
had been matched against Gobert in a game against the Jazz just before
the Frenchman's positive test.*AFP
Football league plays on in Belarus
As the rest of Europe shuts up shop to combat the new coronavirus, Belarus remains resolutely open for business.
Restaurants in the former Soviet Republic continue to serve food, and the country's football league plays on.
Despite being at the door of a Europe grappling with the deadly COVID-19, life goes on here more or less unchecked.
The Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has dismissed the global
health crisis as a "psychosis", and refuses to follow the example of
much of the globe by imposing a lockdown.
With less than 100 positive cases and no deaths in Belarus, Lukashenko
this week suggested "there shouldn't be any panic" over the virus.
He encouraged his citizens to work on the land.
"There, the tractor will heal everyone. The fields heal everyone,"
suggested the straight-talking former collective farm director who
assumed power in 1994.
On Saturday at an ice hockey gala match he went further, saying that
"it was better to die a dignified death than live on your knees".
And so, in stark contrast to all the leagues elsewhere on the European
continent, the Belarus championship, like the country's tractors,
ploughs on, undeterred.
Saturday's upset win by home side Mozyr over the country's top team
BATE Borisov was watched by several thousand fans, and screened live on
In the capital, FK Minsk's humble ground was half full for the derby
against Dinamo, fans behind both goals ending the game shirtless.
One fan, Igor, 33, told AFP: "Even if we've turned up here, we try to self-isolate, we came by car, wewash our hands 10 times."
Special measures have been put in place nonetheless including
thermal cameras to check the temperature of fans as they enter stadia
which are disinfected twice a day.
Those precautions satisfied another fan, Ludmila, a 55-year-old school
teacher who said that "people who are ill won't be here".*AFP