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Los AngelesAfter four months of complete cessation due to the outbreak of the new Corona virus, professional sports tournaments in the United States will take the first steps towards resumption, amid concern about the high incidence of “Covid-19” in various parts of the country.
Athletes in three of the most prominent sports in the United States, basketball, football and baseball, expressed dissatisfaction with the arrangements made by the federations of these games to resume activity, and some decided not to participate permanently in the resumption of the seasons.
The NBA and Football Association (MLS) associations put together plans to group clubs in one place (now called “bubble”) in Orlando, Florida, where they skyrocketed in the days In the past, reported cases of “Covid-19” were reported.
The discovery of several cases in two teams from the Football League, to confirm the threat posed by the virus, even in light of the strict health measures that have been adopted.
“It is very important for the various associations to realize that even with being in the” bubble “, the danger continues and players and members of the technical staff may develop Covid-19,” said Robert Glatter, an emergency doctor at Lennox Hill Hospital in New York.
“Absolutely no mitigation of the risk, even when players respect social spacing and gags,” he added.
Glatter’s words were confirmed after 10 of the Dallas Football Club players, in addition to a member of the technical staff, were infected with Corona virus on Monday evening, before the team was excluded from the resumption of the league scheduled for Wednesday.
Other reports said that the Nashville club, which is participating in the soccer league, has announced positive cases in its ranks since its arrival in Florida.
The emergence of new cases made some players feel anxious. “We definitely have to deal with this,” said Will Trapp, midfielder of Inter Miami, owned by former English star David Beckham.
“On the one hand, we as players want to play, but on the other hand, we are also human, and this is more important to us than sport,” he added.
On the other hand, other players refused to travel to Florida, most notably the Los Angeles FC striker and the best player in the Mexican striker Carlos Vela, for fear that the disease could be transmitted to a member of his family, especially his pregnant wife.
The same applies to the most prominent baseball superstar Mike Trout, who is considering not participating in the local league to stay alongside his wife, while they wait for their first child next month.
“I love baseball, but I have to do what is good for my family,” Trout said.
If the basketball and football associations decide to pool their clubs in one place, baseball clubs will play mini-league matches on home soil.
Health experts consider that the decision of the Baseball Association carries more risks than setting up matches in one place.
“The Baseball League is trying to follow the Bundesliga (German Bundesliga) tournament, but it will adopt this system in the United States, not in Germany,” where Covid-19 was less influential, said Zach Payne, an epidemiologist at Emory University in Atlanta.
“This plan may succeed if it is implemented in Germany, South Korea, Vietnam or New Zealand. I have doubts that this will achieve success in the United States. The positive cases are very high,” he added.
The United States is the country most affected by the virus in terms of mortality. The outcome on Monday reached about 130,000 deaths, while the number of injuries is close to three million.
– “Andy Carr” with an audience –
On the other hand, the organizers of the “Indianapolis 500” race, the most famous in the “Andy Car” car competition, scheduled for August 23, hope to hold it in front of 50 percent of the track’s capacity, or about 175,000 spectators.
Payne criticized the decision to attend the masses, saying that it is “unacceptable (…) and shows indifference to the health and safety of people. The only explanation for me is that they need money.”
Payne pointed out that the presence of a large number of spectators at the entrances and exits of the ring and the rushing to the toilets may lead to the unimaginable consequences.
“I don’t think people will respect the issue of social estrangement, nor rely on them to put up masks. There were 175,000 spectators who were unimaginably bad.”
Glatter’s mouthpiece was similar, saying, “It is not safe to host the Andy Carr race even with half the capacity of the runways,” noting that “the presence of 100,000 spectators leads to insecure conditions that lead to massive outbreaks and transmission of infection to a large number of people.”
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