Football world on high alert for new fluThe A(H1N1) flu has wormed its way into the sports world, with numerous athletes catching the bug in recent months.
Busan I’Park manager Hwang Sun-hong could be the next casualty. Hwang has been suffering from flu-like symptoms since the weekend. The former national team forward was set to participate in an event hosted by Air Busan on Monday but had to back out due to his condition. He is currently being evaluated, and the results of his physical exam will be available tomorrow.
As a result of Hwang’s condition, Busan I’Park officials are constantly checking the health and temperatures of the team’s players. Luckily, no players have flu-like symptoms at this time. Busan has one more game left in the season, a match against Incheon United on Nov. 1. With Hwang unable to attend practices, his assistant coach Kang Chul is directing players.
Other teams around the league are taking precautions as well. FC Seoul and the Suwon Bluewings have limited public access to team practices and are conducting temperature checks on their players before and after practices.
The Korea Football Association is not taking any chances either. The KFA initially planned to invite all players and coaches from the 64 teams involved in the national elementary football tournament to an event on Nov. 31. As a precautionary measure, however, the association is only inviting two coaches and two players from each squad.
In France, a rival football match between Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille was canceled on Oct. 25 after several PSG players were found to have contracted the H1N1 virus.
By On Nu-ri [firstname.lastname@example.org]