Chinese Super League teams calm despite COVID-19 resurgence, says official


DALIAN, China, July 25 (Xinhua) — Chinese Super League (CSL) teams have remained calm and focused on the upcoming season even though new COVID-19 cases were found in Dalian, the city that will host half of the fixtures, a senior Chinese football official said on Saturday.

All the players and coaching staff of the eight teams based in Dalian have received the second test for the coronavirus after they arrived in the coastal city. All the results of the tests were negative, said Gao Hongbo, vice president of the Chinese Football Association.

“So far, all the teams are preparing for the kick-off of the league in earnest. They are content with everything here,” Gao said.

Fabio Cannavaro’s Guangzhou Evergrande faces Shanghai Shenhua in the CSL season opener on the night of Saturday.

The Dalian municipal government announced on Saturday that the Chinese northeastern city has seen 12 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the first one was discovered on Wednesday. Enditem


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