Covid-19 outbreak forces South Koreans to postpone season start for some clubs

February 21 – South Korea has postponed next week’s opening home matches for top-flight clubs Daegu FC and Pohang Steelers due to a surge of coronavirus virus cases.

Following a meeting of league executives and representatives from the 12 clubs, the K-League said Daegu’s season opener against Gangwon FC on February 29 and Pohang’s meeting with Busan IPark on March 1 would be played later in March or in June.

South Korea has just reported 52 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus, taking the national total to 156, the majority in Daegu, the country’s fourth-largest city.

“We all recognize the gravity of the situation regarding Covid-19,” K-League Secretary General Han Woong-soo was quoted as saying.

“Home openers for teams in Daegu and North Gyeongsang Province will be played at later dates.”

Meanwhile, the Chinese women’s national team will play the home leg of their Olympic qualification playoff against South Korea in Sydney to avoid any travel complications because of the corona outbreak.

China have remained in Australia since their 1-1 draw with Australia last week, which earned them a two-legged contest with South Korea. They will begin their playoff campaign with a trip to Yongin on March 6 before returning to Sydney’s Campbelltown Stadium for the second leg on March 11.

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