The latest on how the coronavirus outbreak is affecting sports around the globe:
Nuggets close facility after positive tests: report
The Denver Nuggets closed their training facility after members of the travelling party preparing to go to Florida tested positive for the coronavirus, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Tuesday.
Three members of the 35-person traveling party have tested positive, sources told Wojnarowski. The group includes players, coaches and staff, but the report did not specify whether any players were involved.
As previously reported, all-star centre Nikola Jokic tested positive in Serbia earlier this month and is asymptomatic. Coach Michael Malone recently disclosed that he tested positive shortly after the regular season was suspended in mid-March.
As of Saturday, the practice facility was locked to players and staff. The next few days of testing will determine when it reopens, according to the report.
The Nuggets are among the 22 teams slated to report to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Fla. Training camp is due to run July 9-29 with games to commence on July 30.
Golf Canada scraps CP Women’s Open for September
There will be no CP Women’s Open in 2020.
The Canadian women’s professional golf championship was scheduled for the first week of September at Vancouver’s Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club but Golf Canada announced on Tuesday that the event had to be cancelled.
Vancouver will still get its opportunity to host the CP Women’s Open, with Golf Canada announcing that Shaughnessy has already agreed to host the event in 2021.
Golf Canada had already cancelled all of its national championships at the junior and amateur level. Provincial championships are being held on a case-by-case basis.
The RBC Canadian Open, Canada’s men’s professional championship, was cancelled in mid-April.
Pelicans say 3 players tested positive for virus
Pelicans general manager David Griffin says three New Orleans players have tested positive for COVID-19 and will be in self-isolation until testing shows they can return to team activities without infecting others.
Griffin declined to identify the players, citing medical privacy laws.
The positive tests occurred on June 23, the first day all members of the team were tested as part of the NBA’s plan to restart the season, which was suspended in mid-March because of the pandemic. Griffin says the Pelicans have had no players test positive since.
“The league has a system in place that was designed to catch these cases. That system worked and we’re just going to deal with it the best we can moving forward,” Griffin said. “The league is relying both on the CDC and their own medical experts and the players’ union medical experts on this, and we’re going to continue to follow those guidelines.”
When the Pelicans return to action on July 30 against Utah at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports complex outside of Orlando, Florida, they will be 3 1/2 games out of the Western Conference’s final playoff spot with eight games left.
2020 World Rugby Sevens Series officially called off
The 2020 World Rugby Sevens Series is officially over.
Remaining tour stops in Langford, B.C., London, Paris, Singapore and Hong Kong were all cancelled Tuesday due to the global coronavirus pandemic.
With five men’s rounds and six women’s rounds having already been played, New Zealand was awarded the title on both circuits.
The Canadian women’s team placed third, while the men finished eighth. Both squads have already qualified for the Tokyo Olympics.
Hundreds of tennis fans allowed at Berlin exhibitions
Up to 800 spectators per day will be allowed at a tennis exhibition in Berlin in mid-July, even after four players tested positive for the coronavirus after playing in a similar event fronted by Novak Djokovic.
Organizers of two tournaments in Berlin said Tuesday the city health authorities have approved a limited number of spectators. The maximum is set at 800 per day for a July 13-15 outdoor event on grass, and 200 per day for a hard-court event in a hangar at the disused Tempelhof airport from July 17-19.
Organizers said it was the first sporting event in Germany to have spectators amid the coronavirus pandemic. Other sports such as Germany’s soccer and basketball leagues resumed in empty stadiums.
There was little social distancing at top-ranked Djokovic’s Adria Tour series in the Balkans in recent weeks as some players were seen hugging each other and partying in nightclubs. The series was cut short after three-time Grand Slam semifinalist Grigor Dimitrov tested positive for the coronavirus. Djokovic, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki also went on to test positive.
The Berlin organizers promise strict hygiene and social distancing measures. Spectators will have to arrive wearing masks, which they can remove in the stands. Many seats will be left empty.
Players and staff will be tested for the coronavirus, must abide by social distancing rules off-court and will have their temperatures measured.