The Australian Football League (AFL), has decided that the championship will start as scheduled, Fox Sports reports. Earlier, the start of the tournament was under threat due to the coronavirus pandemic.
It is reported that the matches will be held without spectators, and the quarters are reduced from 20 to 16 minutes. On March 19 , the opening game of the season will be played by the Richmond tigers and the Carlton Blues. It starts at 11.00.
In Australian rules football, two teams of 18 players each play an oval ball. The main goal of the game is to move the ball forward on the field, hit the opponent’s goal and score as many points as possible.
According to the latest data, the coronavirus has been confirmed in 203,529 people worldwide. Dead — 8,205 recovered-82,107. There are currently 147 cases of infection in Russia. The main centers of infection: China, Italy, Iran, Spain, Germany.
The rest of the season in the Australian football championship will be played without an audience
More than 250 cases of new coronavirus infection have been reported in Australia.
TASS, March 16. Matches of the remaining part of the Australian football championship will be held without spectators. This is reported by the press service of the football Federation of Australia.
The last, 29th round in the championship is scheduled for April 24. At the moment, Sydney FC is leading the table with 47 points after 19 matches. The top three also include Melbourne city (37 points, 21 matches) and new Zealand’s Wellington (36 points, 20 matches).
More than 250 cases of infection with the new coronavirus have been reported in Australia. The diagnosis of the first patient was confirmed on February 28. To date, 23 people have been cured of a viral infection, and three have died. The Australian border is currently closed to all visitors from China, South Korea and Iran.
An outbreak of a new coronavirus in Central China in late 2019 spread to more than 120 countries and was recognized as a pandemic by the world health organization (who) on March 11. According to who, more than 153 thousand people were infected in the world, and more than 5.7 thousand died. 63 cases of infection have been registered in Russia.