The organizers of the Australian Open tennis tournament said that it was decided to subject 47 players to quarantine after 3 cases of Coronavirus were detected on two flights, and they arrived on board to compete in the first Grand Slam tournament this year.
And more than 20 players who arrived from Los Angeles to Melbourne, which is hosting the tournament next month, entered a strict quarantine at a hotel after a crew member and a non-player participating in the tournament were tested positive for the new Corona virus.
Later, another non-player passenger on a flight from Abu Dhabi was confirmed, prompting the organizers to quarantine 23 other players at the hotel.
The organizers said in a statement that the three who had tested positive for the virus had been taken to a health hotel.
They explained that the players will not be able to leave their hotel rooms for 14 days until their safety is medically confirmed. They made it clear that they would not be able to practice.
The decision means unequal equipment for the players for the tournament, which was indicated by a number of players who were subjected to quarantine.
Australia agreed to allow entry of about 1,200 players, officials and employees arriving on 15 flights to participate in the major sporting event scheduled for next month.
Tournament director Craig Tilly said everyone on board the flights, especially the group of players, was being contacted to ensure their needs were met as much as possible.