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Sport leagues grapple with COVID-19 impact

  • Ramadani Saputra

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, April 9 2020   /  01:41 am

For the past few weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the sporting world to cancel some of the world’s most anticipated competitions. From the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics to July 2021 to the first cancellation of the Wimbledon Grand Slam since World War II, sporting events are not immune to the effects of the virus outbreak.

The effects of the coronavirus are not lost on the national sporting scene, which has had to freeze its top-tier soccer leagues Liga 1 and Liga 2, neither of which have staged any competition this year. The Indonesian Basketball League (IBL) was one of the first to postpone its competitions, leaving only two more regular season games and the playoffs for the entire 2020 season.

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