Latest news on the effects of the coronavirus epidemic on sports around the world:
Two players from the German second division team Dynamo Dresden have tested positive for the coronavirus, suspending the club’s planned return to football next weekend.
Dresden was scheduled to face Hannover outdoors on May 17 when the league resumes after a two-month suspension, but the entire team, coaches and supervisory staff are required to spend 14 days in quarantine at home.
“We are in contact with the responsible health authorities and the league to coordinate all the other stages. The fact is that we cannot train or participate in any game for the next 14 days, “said Dynamo sport director Ralf Minge.
The players have not been identified. Their positive results for COVID-19 were found in a third wave of tests carried out at the club on Friday as part of the league’s hygiene protocol to revive football in Germany.
A player tested positive for COVID-19 in the first wave of tests last weekend. He has been in quarantine since May 3. There were no positive cases in the second wave on May 4. The team resumed full training on Thursday.
Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the day before that the first two divisions could resume without spectators. Teams had to spend time training in isolation before games could resume. The Bundesliga and the Second Division are scheduled to return on May 16.
Dynamo says the two players who tested positive on Friday have not shown and are still showing no symptoms of the virus.
Wisconsin Sports Director Barry Alvarez, Football Coach Paul Chryst and Men’s Basketball Coach Greg Gard are invited to a 15% pay cut over the next six months as part of the school’s response to the pandemic.
School officials say Alvarez, Chryst and Gard are among the top 25 paid employees in the sports department who are asked to take this voluntary cup. There will be no reduction in working hours for this group.
“Cutting pay and working hours is obviously not something I want to see for any of our Badger Athletics families,” Alvarez said in a statement. “But we face the same financial challenges as other organizations across the country. We are working hard to minimize the impact on our employees while responding to the realities of the situation created by the pandemic. “
The salary cuts were announced as part of what the sports department has described as a “work compensation and reduction plan” that will affect most of its employees as it deals with the budgetary problems resulting from the coronavirus. The plan tentatively comes into effect on May 18 and ends on July 25.
Officials said most of the employees will participate in a state work-sharing program that will see their work hours reduced by 20% or 50%. School officials said about 350 workers could apply for extended unemployment benefits which, in most cases, could compensate for lost wages until July 25.
Wisconsin officials believe the plan will save the sports department about $ 2.8 million.
The Spanish football association has complained about the publication of the identity of a defender from Atlético Madrid who tested positive for COVID-19.
Spanish media reported on Friday that Renan Lodi of Atlético had tested positive for the coronavirus. Atlético posted a message on the club’s official social media channel on Saturday with a photo of the Brazilian. The message said, “Renan Lodi says hello from his home. See you soon in the field, Renan! “
The players’ association said in a statement on Saturday that the revelation of Lodi’s identity violated Spanish privacy laws.
“The law of our country makes it clear that under normal circumstances a company cannot force a worker on sick leave to disclose their illness,” said the association.
It is not known how Lodi’s name was first reported.
During the past week, professional footballers in Spain have been allowed to return to their clubs for individual training while waiting for competition to resume on a date yet to be determined.
The Canadian Gymnastics Federation fired 70% of its staff this week.
The organization’s chief executive officer hopes that the emergency funding announced by the federal government on Friday will help him quickly recall people.
“It’s hard. It has not been a pleasant week, “Ian Moss told the Canadian Press on Friday. “I would love to be able to call some of our employees tomorrow and say” you’re back “.”
Canada’s amateur sports system will receive close to $ 52 million to alleviate the financial difficulties associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Athletes whose monthly Sport Canada checks are affected by the postponement of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games to 2021 also receive financial assistance.
The Canadian Football League, Canadian Premier Soccer League and Canadian Elite Basketball League have asked for millions of dollars in aid, but professional leagues were not eligible for the latest funding.
The president of the French football club in Lyon said that the players of the male and female teams had all tested negative for the coronavirus.
The teams were tested by doctors at the Lyon training center club and “there have been no positive cases,” said Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas to the regional newspaper Le Progrès.
The French men’s league was canceled with 10 rounds of matches remaining for the sake of coronavirus, Paris Saint-Germain declared champion and Lyon finishing outside European places in seventh place.
Aulas had argued fervently for it to be finished at the end of August with a playoff system, but with PSG remaining the champion given his large lead before the game ended.
The Lyon women’s team reached the semi-finals of the Coupe de France before the cancellation of the women’s matches.
The president of France Galop announces that horse racing will resume in France on Monday.
Edouard de Rothschild tweeted that “the resumption of racing is accepted” and thanked the French government for allowing it to go ahead.
France comes out of isolation Monday amid the coronavirus epidemic, the nation has been confined since March 17.
The races will take place at the famous Longchamp racecourse, in the west of Paris, which hosts the prestigious Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe the first weekend in October, and in Compiègne, in northern France.
Watford President Scott Duxbury said at least six of the 20 clubs in the English Premier League were concerned about plans to use neutral stadiums to end the season.
Duxbury says “there is no altruism in the Premier League” and “there are 20 different interests, which sometimes line up but more often than not to purely protect each club. “
Before Monday’s crucial meeting of high-flying clubs, the Hornets joined Brighton and Aston Villa to make clear their opposition to the current plans for the “Restart Project.”
With nine laps to go, Watford is 17th in the league and is looking to fight relegation in a difficult environment caused by the coronavirus epidemic.
Duxbury says that “some clubs are happy to sign up for the” Restart Project “because there is likely to be an advantage to participating in this compromised format. This means Liverpool can win the title, other clubs can reserve their place in Europe next season or potentially make their way from a safe position. “
But he adds “when at least six clubs – and I suspect more – are concerned about the obvious drawbacks and devastating effects of playing in this kind of distorted nine-game mini-league, then I think the Premier League has a duty to diligence to address these concerns. “
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