BCCI’s newly elected President, Sourav Ganguly, gave a major green signal to the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), as he suggested that Coronavirus would not impede its proceedings.
The global epidemic in the form of Coronavirus (COVID 19) has crippled several sporting events off-late, with teams deciding on playing in front of empty stadiums to decrease the risk of its transmission.
The formalities of the upcoming Olympics, scheduled to be held in Tokyo in July-August, has been put on hold with the affluence of the virus in Japan.
“IPL is very much on. Everywhere, the tournaments are going on. England are already in Sri Lanka. South Africa are here. There are no issues,” clarified Ganguly when asked about the possibility of the global outbreak, effecting the T20 tournament.
The outbreak has increased in magnitude manifolds with tourists traveling from one country to the other. India’s count of Coronavirus infection stands at 31, with 16 Italian tourists known to be infected by the virus. There have been as many as 1,00,000 infected by Coronavirus worldwide, with a staggering count of 3300 fatalities.
“County teams are traveling all over the world. They are traveling to Abu Dhabi, UAE to play. So there is no problem,” added the BCCI lynchpin, according to Bangalore Mirror.
Ganguly affirmed that proper medical precautions would be taken to remove the scare of the virus affecting the smooth conduct of the tournament.
“The medical team is already in touch with the hospitals so that everything is available. We will do what the doctors say. They are the professionals. The medical team will address all medical issues. Every tournament will go on,” concluded Ganguly.
The thirteenth edition of the cash-rich league is scheduled to kick-off on March 29, with defending champions Mumbai Indians taking on their old foes Chennai Super Kings at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.