Ivanizevic positive for coronavirus, days after Djokovic event

Former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic, right, is part of world number one Novak Djokovic’s coaching team. (AP)
Updated 26 June 2020

Ivanizevic positive for coronavirus, days after Djokovic event

  • ‘Unfortunately ... I have just found out that I tested positive to Covid-19’
  • Goran Ivanizevic is part of world number one Novak Djokovic’s coaching team

ZAGREB: Croatia’s former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanizevic said Friday he has tested positive for coronavirus just days after attending an exhibition tournament organized by world number one Novak Djokovic, whom he coaches.
“Unfortunately ... I have just found out that I tested positive to Covid-19,” Ivanizevic said on Instagram.
“I feel good and I don’t have any symptoms,” the 48-year-old Croat said and asked everyone who has been in close contact with him to take good care of themselves and their loved ones.
“I will continue to self-isolate,” said Ivanizevic, adding that he had tested negative twice in the past 10 days.
Ivanizevic is part of world number one Djokovic’s coaching team and was the director of the now-abandoned Adria Tour which led to several top players becoming infected with coronavirus.
Djokovic, Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki all tested positive after taking part in the second leg of the event held in Zadar, on Croatia’s Adriatic coast, last Sunday.
Players had embraced across the net, played basketball and even danced in a nightclub the week in the first leg played in Belgrade.
Djokovic was widely criticized for hosting the charity tournament.
On Tuesday he issued an unstinting apology for the now-canceled Adria Tour, where social distancing was minimal and matches were played in front of thousands of fans.
The 33-year-old Serbian has said he is “so deeply sorry” that the tournament “caused harm.”
His wife Jelena has also tested positive after the couple traveled back from Croatia to Belgrade to be tested.
Ivanizevic strongly defended Djokovic after the tournament.
“Everyone is so smart now and many attack Novak, it is rather popular,” he told local media this week.
The Croat argued Djokovic “tried to make something big, something with a charitable character after we were all locked up for three months.”
Manchester United’s Serbian player Nemanja Matic also defended Djokovic, saying in an open letter on Thursday the world number one was the “cat” who will chase away the “mice.”


97 players, staff test positive for virus as KSA clubs resume training

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97 players, staff test positive for virus as KSA clubs resume training

  • Authorities introduce a range of protocols to ensure a safe return to competition

JEDDAH: Almost 100 footballers and staff have tested positive for COVID-19 as Saudi football clubs resume training for the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Football League competitions.

The Saudi Arabian Football Federation said that 1,351 tests were carried out between June 21 and July 8, resulting in 50 players and 47 administrative staff testing positive.

Matches in the professional league are set to resume on Aug. 4 after being suspended in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which halted all sports activities in the Kingdom.

The Saudi Pro League Association and relevant authorities have introduced a range of protocols to ensure a safe return to competition.

Players are encouraged to use hand sanitizers and disinfectants before and after training. Surfaces will be cleaned and sanitized around the clock, and coaching and administrative staff must wear face masks at all times.

Staff and players will have their temperatures checked at the entrance to training grounds, which will have designated entrances and exits to avoid overcrowding. Staff will also check for symptoms among players during training sessions.

HIGHLIGHTS

• According to the Saudi Arabian Football Federation, 1,351 tests were carried out between June 21 and July 8, resulting in 50 players and 47 administrative staff testing positive.

• Matches in the professional league are set to resume on Aug. 4 after being suspended in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which halted all sports activities in the Kingdom.

• The Saudi Pro League Association and relevant authorities have introduced a range of protocols to ensure a safe return to competition.

Pools will remain closed, while equipment including balls, goalposts and training items, as well as training spaces used by players, will be disinfected before and after use.

Staff members older than 65 and those who suffer from chronic illness will not be allowed on the field.

The federation also decided to increase the number of substitutes during a game from three to five in line with amendments approved by the International Football Association.

Players must follow social distancing rules while training and on substitute benches and in locker rooms. Exchanging shirts and handshakes are prohibited.

Games will be played without fans.

Training resumed on June 21, 2020, in line with medical protocols and precautionary measures.