La Liga postponed indefinitely as coronavirus crisis worsens

La Liga postponed indefinitely as coronavirus crisis worsens
Barcelona (Reuters): The Spanish soccer calendar has been postponed until further notice, La Liga and the Spanish soccer federation (RFEF) said in a joint statement.
All organized soccer in Spain had been postponed for two weeks due to the spread of the coronavirus but was initially due to resume on April 3.
 
The statement said a joint commission between the two bodies had agreed to postpone all professional soccer competitions until the Spanish government considered they could start again “without creating any health risk”.
 
RFEF chief Luis Rubiales last week ruled out canceling the current season, insisting the campaign would resume once the health crisis was under control.
 
“Both the RFEF and LaLiga wish to express our greatest public gratitude to all those who are dedicating their best efforts to provide essential services to the Spanish people,” added the statement.
 
“We also share our condolences for all the deceased and a warm embrace from the world of soccer to the many families that are losing loved ones.”
 
More than 33,000 people have been infected by the virus in Spain, the second worst affected country in Europe behind Italy, while over 2,180 people have died from it according to the country’s health ministry.
 
It is pertinent to remember that the Coronavirus pandemic has already force major sporting events either to be cancelled or postponed.
 
Euro 2020 and Copa América, the quadrennial championships, two of the most important events on the sport’s calendar, were scheduled for this summer but will now be moved to 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak.
 
The International Olympic Committee is also considering to postpone Tokyo Games 2020, which could mark the first step in ultimately delaying the world’s largest sporting event because of the novel coronavirus.
 
On the other hand, the semi-finals of Pakistan's mega cricket event Pakistan Super League (PSL) was postponed for an indefinite period  in view rising Coronavirus cases in the country.