Dhaka, Bangladesh
Coronavirus outbreak cripples country's sports

Coronavirus outbreak cripples country's sports

Numbers of international and national sport events have been postponed or push back amid an outbreak of coronavirus, which turned an epidemic turn across the World, reports BSS. The pathogen effect has been felt across a range of sports - from cricket, football hockey and others sports disciplines in the country. Not only that almost all the federations have suspended their activities and allow all of their staffs to work remotely. Different sports federations had a plan to arrange number of international and national sports events to celebrate 'Mujib Barsho', the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, but the epidemic, which began in China in late December, has plunged the country's sorting calendar into disarray as well the international events including Tokyo 2020 Olympics which the International Olympic Committee has officially postponed for a year. Earlier, the government had imposed restriction off all sports of the country till March 31 due to coronavirus outbreak. As the virus continues to spread and the death toll rises, major sporting events are under threat. Though the two major sporting events - Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) football and Bangabandhu Dhaka Premier Cricket League - were on but the government had to compel to postpone all the sports activities in the country. Here are some of the competitions that have been affected by the epidemic: Football: Bangladesh national football team was scheduled to play World Cup Qualifying round matches against Afghanistan and Qatar this month, but on March 9, the Asian Football Confederation in consultation with FIFA postponed the qualifying round matches till June. The Professional Football League Committee of Bangladesh Football Federation also shut down the ongoing BPL for indefinite period, which has rolled up to sixth round. Meanwhile, the national women's football league and final round of national school football also postponed due to outbreak of COVID-19. In cricket, The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) recently postponed all kinds of cricketing events for indefinite period in a wake of resist COVID-19. The BCB, after negotiating with Pakistan Cricket Board, also postponed the third phase of the Bangladesh tour of Pakistan which involved One Day International and Test in Karachi. The Bangladesh national cricket team is due to reach Karachi on March 29 to play the ODI on April 1 and the second ICC World Test Championship Test slated from April 5-9. The two boards will now work together to identify a future window for rescheduling the ICC World Test Championship fixture. The first Test of the series was played in Rawalpindi February 7-10. The coronavirus crisis has put major sporting events halt being postponed one by one following the outbreak. The BCB had cancelled a concert and the two T20 matches between Asia XI and World XI - both to commemorate the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman - to safeguard against the virus. Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) had a plan number of international meets in home and abroad as a part of preparation of Bangabandhu Junior Asia Cup Hockey, but due to outbreak of coronavirus, the BHF might may have to push back the dates of those tournament and series fixtures. The BHF also postponed the camp for Asia Cup for indefinite period due to Coronavirus outbreak. The camp was scheduled to resume from March 16 last after the end of National School Hockey competition. The Bangladesh Olympic Association postponed the major domestic event of the 9th Bangabandhu Bangladesh Games, which was biggest domestic event of 'Mujib Barsha' due to outbreak of coronavirus. The multi sporting events was scheduled to be held from April 1-10 in Dhaka on the occasion of birth centenary of Father of the Nation with the participation of 31 disciplines. Meanwhile, the others sports federations also suspended their activities due in a wake to coronavirus outbreak.

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