Even as the deadly Coronavirus threatens to boycott sporting events across the world, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly insisted the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League, the IPL 2020, will go ahead as planned and that the board is taking all precautionary measures to ensure a risk-free tournament. Also Read - Maharashtra Comes Under Curfew-Like Restrictions, Over 2 Lakh Cops Deployed To Enforce Restrictions
“IPL is very much on. Everywhere, the tournaments are going on. England are already in Sri Lanka. South Africa are here. There are no issues. County teams are travelling all over the world. They are travelling to Abu Dhabi, UAE to play. So there is no problem,” Ganguly told PTI. Also Read - RR vs DC Dream11 Team Prediction VIVO IPL 2021: Captain, Fantasy Playing Tips, Today's Probable XIs For Today's Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Capitals T20 Match 7 at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai 7.30 PM IST April 15 Thursday
Some of the precautions that are to be advised to cricketers is avoiding physical contact such as handshake with fans. The cases of Coronavirus reported in India as on Saturday, is alleged 31, all of whom have contracted the virus through outsiders. With players expected to come to India from all around the world, it sure increases the risks of the virus spreading further but airports are already performing the screening of all passengers returning or coming from abroad. Also Read - Delhi Logs 17,282 Fresh COVID-19 Cases, 9,952 Recoveries In Last 24 Hours
“We will take all precautions. I don’t know exactly what the extra measures are. It’s only medical team which will tell us about that. The medical team is already in touch with the hospitals so that everything is available. We will do what the doctors say. They are the professionals,” Ganguly pointed out.
China, South Korea, Italy and Japan are four of the worst-hit countries having already resulted in over 3000 deaths worldwide. Indian athletes have already withdrawn from Badminton and Archery events, and even the Tokyo Olympics in Japan is under scanner.