The Coronavirus outbreak which is currently ravaging China has shut down life in the province it originated from, Wuhan. The country’s entertainment is set to suffer nationally as domestic football at all levels in China has been postponed in order to help control the spread of the virus.

The Chinese Super league, Asia’s largest was scheduled to  begin on February 22 but has now been postponed until the authorities can get a grip on the virus.

The 2019-nCOV originated in Hubei in Wuhan province and has since killed over 130 people, thousands more have been infected.

The CSL was scheduled to get underway on February 22, with Guangzhou Evergrande looking to defend their title. “The Chinese Football Association will continue to maintain close communication with national authorities, determine the timing of each season’s events in combination with the actual development of the epidemic situation and make reasonable adjustments to the system, schedule, and scale of some events when necessary,” a statement read on Thursday.

“Relevant information will be released in time through the official channels of the CFA. “On behalf of the majority of football workers across the country, the Chinese Football Association pays deep tribute to all medical workers and staff who are currently struggling in the frontline of epidemic prevention and control!” Other games which have suffered due to the outbreak include the e World Athletics Indoor Championships in Nanjing and the women’s football qualifiers for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics involving Australia, Thailand and Chinese Taipei, which are due to be played at the beginning of February, moved away from China completely to Sydney.

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