Hopes of sports returning to business in the United States took a blow on Friday after athletes from hockey to golf tested positive for the coronavirus, causing some sports facilities to shutdown.
The PGA tour announces that it is removing Nick Watney from second-round play after he confirmed a positive test. The PGA tour just recently started after a three-month shutdown.
Confirmed coronavirus cases in major Leagues
There have been confirmed cases in the last 24 hours in Major League Soccer (MLS), National Football League (NFL), National Hockey League (NHL), and Major League Baseball (MLB). The leagues are continuing to do extensive testing on athletes including those who show no symptoms.Also Read- T20 World Cup Could Be Moved to 2021
The current situation of sports leagues made U.S health official Dr. Anthony Fauci doubt the return of the NFL this season.
The MLS and NBA were planning on announcing plans to return in Orlando’s Walt Disney World, Florida however, the number of positive tests in the state has cast doubt of the return.
Florida has seen a recent surge in the number of cases in the state.
The MLS is set to return on July 8th sporting a World Cup-style tournament with all 26 teams. The league emphasized the importance of the health and safety of players and staff as a priority.
UFC President Dana White said in a report that she is expecting a second shutdown of the sport. “I told you guys going into this thing, I’m always thinking about what’s next,” she said. “And I’m planning for a second shutdown, that it will happen again. I’m always thinking about the worst.”