COVID-19 increases impact major North American sports leagues.
LOS ANGELES – The latest test for positive COVID-19 affected three major North American sports leagues this week. It causes players of the National Hockey League (NHL) to delay games.
And throwing into doubt whether it plans to be sending players to the forthcoming Beijing Olympics.
The NHL announced the postponement of the Carolina Hurricanes’ game on Tuesday, after players from the team were made to comply with COVID-19 protocol.
At a minimum, nine NHL games must be rescheduled due to the outbreaks in The Calgary Flames, Ottawa Senators, and New York Islanders.
On Tuesday, Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid informed the CBC that he would like to participate in February. 4- 20 Beijing Winter Olympics.
However, he described the prospect of being in be in quarantine for as long as 5 weeks within China in the case of a positive test in the event of a positive test as “unsettling.”
“There hasn’t been a great deal of information made public in the last few days, and then there’s that three-to-five-week (quarantine) matter … It’s sort of floated about,” McDavid said.
“Just trying to collect information and facts.”
NHL vice-commissioner Bill Daly said the league has until January. 10 to pull out of Beijing. Beijing Games without financial penalty.
ESPN REPORTED THAT the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers canceled Tuesday’s practice following the guard Talen Horton-Tucker was positive for a test and was enrolled in health and safety protocols.
Horton-Tucker’s test results were revealed a few days after Horton-Tucker’s test result came a day after the NBA confirmed that 2 Chicago Bulls games had been delayed after ten players, as well as additional personnel, were put in protocols.
It was the first postponement that the league had to make this season.
According to the team, seven players from the Brooklyn Nets, including All-Star guard James Harden, had also been enrolled in protocols.
The Nets had a minimum of eight NBA players ready to play Tuesday’s game with the Toronto Raptors.
The Milwaukee Bucks listed forward Giannis Antetokounmpo to be out of Wednesday’s game after being put in COVID-19 protocol on Tuesday.
To pass protocols, players must be absent for a minimum of 10 days or pass two negative PCR tests, less than 24 hours between each other.
National Football League’s Los Angeles Rams placed wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. along with another eight players onto the reserve list of COVID-19 players.
The team announced this on Tuesday. This caused the team to close the practice facility.
Beckham scored a touchdown during the Rams, winning by 30-23 against the Arizona Cardinals on Monday in the game. Due to protocol, the Rams were forced to scratch four players before the game.
“Where we’re at now is in the middle of COVID issues,” Rams head coach Sean McVay told reporters on Tuesday.
“We had to evaluate our guys. We’re in intense protocols. We’re currently remote. We’ll be remote the next day.
“This is the most unique and challenging circumstance we’ve faced during the COVID process over the past 2 years.”
On Tuesday, the Cleveland Browns also added eight players to the COVID-19 roster, including Pro Bowl wide receiver Jarvis Landry.
Devika Chowdhury – She is a professional news editor, writer, and blogger for the last 10 years. She is working with NewsGater as an off-beat news editor cum writer.