Sports return, slow and steady

Despite no signs of abatement in cases of coronavirus across the world, some sports are making attempts at a comeback. While Korea starts to find it’s feet after combating the worst of Covid-19, Florida continues to be the saviour of sports in USA, hosting UFC and golf events in the space of a week.

Korea to the rescue

Missing the NBA Playoffs and Major League Baseball? Well, here’s some Korean Baseball Organisation (KBO) League for you.

With Major League Baseball in the US still mulling plans on what to do about its own season, American sports network ESPN signed a contract to broadcast six KBO games per week, starting with Tuesday’s season opener between Daegu’s Samsung Lions and Changwon-based NC Dinos, which the Dinos won 4-0.

The country’s professional soccer leagues will kick off Friday, also without spectators in the stadiums.

As one of the world’s first major professional sports competitions to return to action amid the pandemic, the Korea Baseball Organization has employed various preventive measures aimed at creating safe playing environments.

Players and coaches will go through fever screenings before entering stadiums, while umpires and first- and third-base coaches must wear masks during games. Players are prohibited from high-fiving teammates or signing autographs. Chewing tobacco was banned to prevent spitting.

Masks and latex gloves will be required at training facilities. Fans will be barred from games until the KBO is convinced the risks of infections have been minimized. If any member of a team tests positive for the coronavirus at any point of the season, the league will be shut down for at least three weeks.