Sports Football 26 Apr 2020 Tajikistan halts its ...

Tajikistan halts its soccer season over coronavirus

REUTERS
Published Apr 26, 2020, 2:20 pm IST
Updated Apr 26, 2020, 2:20 pm IST
Football association had to suspend games until May 10 after the government decided to take fresh precautionary measures
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Dushanbe: Tajikistan, one of just a handful nations that had pressed ahead with a soccer season despite the novel coronavirus pandemic, said on Sunday it was suspending games until May 10 after the government decided to take fresh precautionary measures.

The suspension will take effect from Monday, the Tajik football federation said, with Sunday games still set to take place with no spectators, just like the previous matches.

 

Tajikistan, which borders China, has reported no coronavirus cases, although its ex-Soviet neighbours have confirmed hundreds. Cases of pneumonia and a suspected swine flu fatality have caused concern, however.

On Saturday, the Dushanbe government decided to close schools for two weeks and ban the exports of grains and pulses to ensure domestic supply.

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