BREAKING: Kenya Blocks Athletes From International Travels Over Coronavirus Fears
March. 12, 2020
Kenya’s athletics authority released a press statement on thursday saying it has outrightly barred its athletes from travelling to international events over concerns of the coronavirus outbreak.
This announcement comes about 24 hours after the World Health Organization (WHO) officially tagged COVID-19 as a pandemic. Globally, more than 126,000 people have been infected by the flu-like virus and more than 4,600 have died, according to a Reuters tally based on official announcements.
Kenya has not had a confirmed case of COVID-19
The East African country has some of the world’s best athletes, who regularly win medals at major sport tournaments across the globe.
“Following a directive from the Government of Kenya and due to the global outbreak of the Covid-19 virus, Athletics Kenya has suspended all clearance and travel to international events for athletes,” Athletics Kenya said in a press release.
“In a bid to safeguard the athletes and consequently the country from the virus, we urge all athletes to cancel travel arrangements for the next one month pending further communication,” it added.
Meanwhile, The National Baskeball Association (NBA) has postponed the 19-20 season indefinitely due to the coronavirus outbreak.
A Utah Jazz player has tested positive for the virus prior to their game against Oklahoma City Thunder, and the basketball regulating body made the decision to suspend all games after Wednesday night's matches were concluded.