The start of the Major League Baseball season is set to be delayed for at least 2 weeks, while Spring Training has been cancelled.
The NBA have already suspended the remainder of their campaign following the news that Utah Jazz centre Rudy Gobert has the virus, while the NHLhave temporarily paused their campaign and the Australian Grand Prix this weekend has also been called off.
The MLB have taken the decision to cancel the remainder of their Spring Training matches and will also delay the start of the 2020 season by at least two weeks due to the crisis.
The decision was taken after all 30 clubs met with the MLB Players Association with the interest and well-being of all the players and supporters taken into account.
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The league will continue to evaluate the outbreak and more updates on the situation will be released in the coming days.
An official MLB statement read: “Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our players, employees and fans. MLB will continue to undertake the precautions and best practices recommended by public health experts. We send our best wishes to all individuals and communities that have been impacted by coronavirus.”
The 2020 World Baseball Classic Qualifier games set to be played in Tucson, Ariz., have also been postponed indefinitely, and Minor League Baseball announced that it is postponing its opening day – originally scheduled for Thursday, April 9.