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COVID-19 Disruptions Continue Into 2022: Super Rugby, A-Leagues, BBL


COVID-19 Disruptions Continue Into 2022: Super Rugby, A-Leagues, BBL

It may be 2022, yet COVID-19 is still providing major disruptions to the sports industry.

The inaugural season of Super Rugby Pacific has been thrown into major chaos after border restrictions and COVID-19 mandates have caused disruptions to fixtures.

The new fixtures will see each team play a total of 14 matches throughout the season, including three additional rivalry matches.

Rugby Australia chief executive, Andy Marinos, said: “We believe these changes will allow us to navigate the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, while ensuring we maintain the integrity of the draw and the format of the new Super Rugby Pacific competition.”

The A-Leagues are another heavily impacted by COVID-19, with rising cases and border restrictions, multiple matches have had to be postponed throughout the 2021/22 season.

The A-Leagues rules state fixtures can be postponed if at least five players have COVID-19, which has caused several matches to be postponed.

The A-Leagues released a statement saying: “The A-Leagues’ protocols continue to be effective for screening and subsequent PCR testing in detecting the virus and ensuring immediate isolation.”

“We will continue to work with all clubs involved to confirm new schedules for the postponed matches as soon as possible,” the league said.

Just like the Super Rugby League and A-Leagues, Cricket has been sent into major chaos after multiple players in the Big Bash Leagues (BBL) and national squads tested positive to COVID-19 and border restrictions caused fixture disruptions.

Cricket Australia’s general manager of the Big Bash Leagues, Alistair Dobson, said: “These protocols are regularly reviewed in response to the risks in each state.”

“Safety remains our number one priority and we will work with the Stars to get their side back on the field as soon as possible,” Dobson said.

Finally, the National Basketball League (NBL) has also seen major fixture disruptions.

With many athletes testing positive for COVID-19 and the postponing of games, Round 5 saw only two matches being played.

NBL commissioner, Jeremy Loeliger, said: “We don’t have any plans at this stage to extend the season or move to a hub.”

However, games postponed due to COVID-19 will be played throughout January.

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