Omicron hits sports : More than a year has passed since the global cancellation of competitions around the world, and athletes seem to have entered a new, familiar competitive rhythm. Everything went according to schedule until a new strain of the Omicron coronavirus was discovered in the world. The virus has already become the culprit for the cancellation of many international games and is endangering domestic championships. MK-Sport will tell you who is already suffering from Omicron.[Omicron hits sports]
Football. Coronavirus outbreak in England, stands close in Germany
The autumn part of the Russian championship has ended in Russia, so it is difficult to assess the consequences of Omicron on our football. But things are bad in England: there is an outbreak of diseases in the Premier League clubs, due to which many teams cannot recruit a full-fledged composition for matches. In the last round of the championship, five games were canceled, and it seems that this is not the limit – cases of coronavirus have been identified in Liverpool, Chelsea and other top clubs. Last week, the Premier League announced a record number of sick players (42 cases). It is quite possible that the Premier League, which, unlike other top championships, does not take a winter break, will have to be suspended.
In Germany, the death rate is high, but football is not going to stop so far – in the Bundesliga there is only one round left before the winter break. In the meantime, we limited ourselves to the number of spectators at sporting events – no more than 50% of the arena’s capacity and no more than 15 thousand anywhere. As in the Bundesliga, in France there is only one round left to play before a two-week pause, so there is no point in a football lockdown, especially since no mass infection has been noticed in French clubs. In the Italian championship, the highest percentage of vaccinated footballers (98%), the Italian football leadership is not planning to stop Serie A either.
Hockey. More than 100 players in covid protocol
The National Hockey League (NHL) does not want to let its players go to the 2022 Olympics, including due to the risk of contracting the coronavirus in Beijing. A decision is expected to be made this week. And in the league itself, things are no better than in European football – the total number of hockey players affected by the COVID-19 safety protocol in the NHL has reached 101. Representatives of 20 clubs are in the covid protocol, but Calgary suffered the most – there there are 19 players in isolation. Detroit, Toronto, and Montreal have suspended training until December 26 due to rising infections, and Boston, Nashville, Calgary, Florida and Colorado have not been postponed until December 26. on December 27.
Basketball. NBA in a panic
Cancellation or rescheduling of matches in the National Basketball League has always been problematic due to the tight schedule. But the management took this step, because in some teams there was simply no one to let out on the floor. Last weekend, three NBA games were canceled in no time due to massive coronavirus outbreaks: Five players tested positive at the Cleveland Cavaliers, and eight professional basketball players at the New Orleans Pelicans were unable to recruit eight professional basketball players who could play against the Philadelphia 76ers. …
Figure skating. The Grand Prix finals were canceled
The first victim of Omicron can be considered the Grand Prix final, which was canceled almost on the same day when the new virus became known to the whole world. The fact is that Japan closed its borders due to the risk of the spread of the infection, and decided not to let the skaters, albeit in the “bubble”, to Osaka. The final of the series was not postponed until next year, but was canceled altogether. But in Russia they are not very worried about this – after all, at the end of the year the national championship will take place, which, in terms of intrigue, is no worse than the canceled tournament in Osaka.
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