Tajikistan's football season begins despite fears of coronavirus

DUSHANBE (Tajikistan): Tajikistan's national soccer season started on Saturday, while leagues around the world were still suspended to contain the spread of the novel. coronavirus .

the Super Cup the game heralding the start of the football season took place behind closed doors, and saw perennial national champions FC Istiklol come from behind to win FC Khujand 2-1 in the capital Dushanbe.

Tajikistan, a poor Central Asian state of 9 million people, has yet to report a single infection of COVID-19 , which reached more than a million cases worldwide and caused more than 60,000 deaths.

Authorities last month oversaw the flamboyant state celebrations of the Nowruz Spring Festival, which involved tens of thousands of people across the country.

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El líder de the hombres fuertes, Emomali Rakhmon, fue visto posando con docenas de mujeres jóvenes vestidas con atuendos tradicionales en un momento en que the líderes de todo el mundo abogaban por el distanciamiento social.

A la sombra de la pandemia, la gran mayoría de las ligas de fútbol de todo el mundo se han detenido por temor a the jugadores y a the espectadores.

En la mayoría de the casos, no hay planes claros para reiniciar.

Bielorrusia, otro país ex soviético, sigue siendo el caso más atípico en Europa, y su liga ha atraído una atención internacional sin precedentes desde que comenzó con fanáticos que asistieron a the juegos el mes pasado.

the Tajik Super Cup tie failed to generate the same levels of social media excitement as the Belarusian league fixtures but still prompted tweets from action-starved football fans in German, English and Spanish, among other languages.

the game itself threatened to return an upset before Istiklol, a club founded by Rakhmon's son Rustam Emomali, the current mayor of the capital Dushanbe, converted their dominance into goals and overturned an early Khujand lead.

It ended in hugs and handshakes all round as FC Istiklol players collected their winners' medals and lifted the Super Cup trophy in an otherwise empty stadium.

Tajikistan is one of just two former Soviet countries that have not reported a single case of the coronavirus.

the other, reclusive Turkmenistan, has already announced the suspension of its domestic league.

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov made his first mention of the coronavirus in comments reported Saturday by state media.