Hard-resisting Belarus now succumb to Covid crisis with cancellation of first game

July 8 – Belarus, the one country in Europe that insisted on carrying on playing regular football while others shut down earlier in the Covid-19 crisis, has announced the postponement of defending champion Dinamo Brest’s next game scheduled for this Friday.

The decision was taken after the club announced several of its players had tested positive for the virus.

Belarus, which says it officially counts 64,000 Covid-19 positive cases and 430 deaths due to the pandemic, is still the only European country not to have suspended its Championship during the crisis.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, in power since 1994, has been publicly sceptical about the need for confinement to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

He has variously suggested drinking vodka, visiting saunas or playing ice hockey to beat the disease.

In July 2018 Argentinian icon Diego Maradona agreed a three-year role as chairman of Dinamo Brest, but by September had switched to managing Dorados of Sinaloa in Mexico’s second division.

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