No IPL matches to take place in Delhi

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Friday has announced that no sporting activity will take place in the national capital, including the upcoming Indian Premier League matches due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

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Addressing a press conference, Sisodia said,

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“We have decided to ban any sports activity where people will gather in huge numbers like the IPL. Social distancing is important to curb the breakout of coronavirus.”

In a statement provided by the Delhi government, it said, “In exercise of the powers conferred by the Delhi Epidemic Diseasees, COVID-19, Regulations, 2020 under the Epidemic Diseases Act 1987, it is hereby directed that sports gathering (including IPL)/conferences/seminars beyond 200 people are prohibited in NCT of Delhi for the purpose of prevention and control of the outbreak of epidemic disease namely COVID-19.”

It can be noted that seven Indian Premier League matches were previously scheduled to take place at the Arun Jaitley Cricket Stadium in New Delhi. These are – Delhi Capitals vs Kings XI Punjab on March 30, Delhi Capitals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 10, Delhi Capitals vs Chennai Super Kings on April 13, Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders on April 19, Delhi Capitals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad on May 3, Delhi Capitals vs Mumbai Indians on May 6 and Delhi Capitals vs Rajasthan Royals on May 13.

Welcoming the order, AAP MP Sanjay Singh said, “It is the need of the hour and we welcome the decision as you cannot have such mass gatherings at this point in time. You cannot decide who has the virus and it is best to avoid the situation.”

Till to date 75 people are affected in Coronavirus in India resulting one death in Karnataka.

The Sports Ministry has already made it clear to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) along with other national federations that any event that has to be held amid the coronavirus outbreak will have to be staged behind closed doors.

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