No spitting, no fans: baseball leads Korea's restart of sport
SEOUL: South Korean professional sport returns to action on Tuesday after the coronavirus It closes with the opening of a new baseball season, while soccer and golf will soon follow suit in a ray of hope for suspended competitions around the world.
Friday will see the delayed start of the soccer K-League, and next week some of the top golf players will face off in a national tournament as South Korea becomes an unusual entry point for the sport. Live.
Fans will not be able to enter the stadiums in any of the five openings on Tuesday Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) matches, and strict health controls and hygiene measures will apply.
Players must check their temperature twice before games, with face masks to wear in all areas except the playing field and canoes, according to KBO.
Players have also been asked not to shake hands or swap those five, while spitting is prohibited, giving a new look to South Korea's most popular spectator sport.
ESPN announced that it will show six KBO League games per week to fans who want to play live baseball in the US. While the broadcasters in 10 foreign territories have acquired the rights to broadcast K-League matches.
South Korea suffered one of the worst early outbreaks of the disease outside of China, prompting professional sports to suspend or delay its seasons.
But the country appears to have controlled its outbreak thanks to an extensive monitoring, testing and treatment program.
The launch will bring a welcome live action in an arid sports world where fans have had to settle for sports channels and broadcasters broadcasting replays of past events.
The K-League, which will originally start in February, will kick off on Friday with a highly successful clash between Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, champions of the past three seasons, against FA Cup winners Suwon Bluewings.
And South Korea will next week become the first country to see the professional women's golf resume after COVID-19.
South Korean players dominate women's golf with eight ranked among the world's top 20, including number one Ko Jin-young .
The $ 1.8 million of the Korean Ladies Professional Golf Association (KLPGA) Championship begins May 14 in Yangju, east of Seoul with world number six Kim Sei-young and Lee Jeong-eun, ranked 10th, in the field of 144 players.
South Korea has been seeing only a trickle of new coronavirus infections in recent days, with three fresh cases reported on Tuesday taking the total to 10,804.