Men's volleyball suspended after Covid-19 case reported
The Korean Volleyball Federation announced on Tuesday that it has temporarily suspended all men's V-League games in accordance with its response manual, after Uijeongbu KB Insurance Stars center Park Jin-woo tested positive for Covid-19.
The federation will later announce when games will resume and an updated schedule, depending on the number of confirmed cases.
Park reported a fever on Monday morning and took a Covid-19 test at a screening clinic. He was confirmed positive later that afternoon.
The middle blocker played in a game against Ansan OK Financial Group Okman at Uijeongbu Gymnasium in Uijeongbu, Gyeonggi on Sunday.
As a result, all players from both teams and officials who attended the match will immediately receive Covid-19 tests. Additional tests will be conducted for anybody classified as a close contact to any of the players or officials.
Women's volleyball games will proceed as scheduled if no additional confirmed cases occur, depending on the Covid-19 test results on officials.
This is the first time that a Korean player in the top division of a professional sports league has tested positive for Covid-19 during the regular season, and the first professional sport in Korea to change the league schedule due to a positive Covid-19 confirmation.
Among volleyball players, only foreign players such as KB Insurance Stars’ Keita Noumory and Incheon Heungkuk Life Pink Spiders’ Bruna Moraes have tested positive for Covid-19, but both did so before games began and did not affect the league schedule.
Last year, the Korea Volleyball Federation canceled four games after a staff member tested positive for Covid-19 after attending a game, also between the KB Insurance Stars and OK Financial Group Okman, on Dec. 26.
More than 1,500 people including players from 13 male and female teams were tested for the virus at the time, but no additional cases were found and play resumed on Jan. 5.
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