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COVID-19 Wrap Up: A-League, BBL And More

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COVID-19 Wrap Up: A-League, BBL And More

Western Australia recently announced its hard border would remain in place, postponing the original opening date of the state of 5 February indefinitely.

The Perth Glory, WA’s A-League team, has announced the new measures put into place, such as mandatory 14-day quarantine for interstate travel, are like being ‘hit with a sledgehammer’.

Perth Glory CEO, Tony Pignata, told ABC Radio Perth: “I keep saying that there is light at the end of the tunnel, it’s not a train coming the other way.”

“But I tell you what, it feels like a big train is coming now.

“I can appreciate the reasoning behind it…

“But we need to ensure we look after families over east who want to get back.

“Some of the regulations where you now have to isolate at home and everyone who is at home has to isolate around for 14 days, that’s untenable.

“We’re looking at millions and millions of dollars of losses and whether we can continue,” Pignata said.

COVID-19 disruptions have cost the club millions, which has sent them into financial turmoil as the A-Leagues work to keep the 2021/22 seasons alive for all clubs.

The Big Bash League (BBL) teams also face uncertainty as to when they will be able to return to WA.

Despite knowing the teams would finish the season away from home, the extension of the hard border has made a return date unknown.

The Perth Wildcats in the NBL are also facing uncertainty after leaving the state on 27 December for a tour, with the promise of being able to return on 5 February for their first game of the season on 6 February.

However, the border restrictions have made their return date unknown, and if they can return, they will be forced into quarantine, forcing them to postpone the season.

Wildcats CEO, Troy Georgiu, said: “Now we aren’t sure when they will be able to return home, and as a club our priority is now to offer as much support as possible to the team and their families.”

With WA’s border opening unknown, it is not known when the COVID-19 troubles for Australia’s summer sporting competitions will end.

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