All players of Chinese Super League test negative for COVID-19 ahead of restart, says report
Players and officials from the 16 Chinese Super League teams will be confined to their hotel and parts of the stadiums and tests will be conducted once a week during the tournament.
All Chinese Super League (CSL) players have tested negative for COVID-19 as the season prepares to kick off on Saturday after a five-month delay from its scheduled start, state news agency Xinhua reported.
A total of 1,870 individuals from the tournament’s two hubs – Suzhou near Shanghai and Dalian in the northeast of China – have undergone medical checks, with none of them testing positive for the disease, the report said.
Players and officials from the 16 participating teams will be confined to their hotel and parts of the stadiums and tests will be conducted once a week during the tournament, it added.
The CSL was originally scheduled to start on 22 February but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Teams will play a round robin with the top four qualifying for an eight-team “championship” stage and the bottom four from each group going into a “relegation” phase.
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