The Delhi Deputy Chief Minister, Manish Sisodia has ruled out any Indian Premier League matches in Delhi in wake of the Coronavirus threat.
“We have decided to ban any sports activity where people will gather in huge numbers like IPL. Social distancing is important to curb the breakout of #Coronavirus,” the Deputy CM has been quoted as saying.
Shortly after the Deputy CM’s statement, the Delhi Government has also circulated an order to this effect. Health and Family Welfare Secretary in the Government of the NCT of Delhi, Padmini Singla, in the order has stated that all sports gatherings, including IPL, are prohibited in the NCT of Delhi.
“In exercise of the powers conferred by the Delhi Epidemic Diseases, COVID-19, Regulation, 2020 under the Epidemic Diseases Act, it is hereby directed that all sports gatherings (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 COVID-19,” reads the notice.
The IPL Delhi franchisee, Delhi Capitals play their home games at the Ferozeshah Kotla Ground, Arun Jaitley Stadium. The Delhi Government order issued today (Friday) seriously jeopardises the possibility of IPL games in Delhi.
The Delhi Capitals are slated to play their first home game on March 30 against Delhi Capitals. The IPL 2020 is scheduled to start on March 29 with a tie between defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) and last year’s other finalists Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the Wankhede Stadium on March 29, Sunday.
The notice will also cast a serious doubt on the BWF India Open series, which is scheduled in New Delhi from March 24 to 29.
The BCCI is considering to adhere to the IPL 2020 original schedule with no spectators in the stadium. Eventually turning out the league into a broadcast event.
The Delhi Government on Thursday had declared Coronavirus an epidemic and ordered closure of all schools, colleges and cinema halls to prevent the spread of the incurable COVID-19 virus.
More than 1.34 lakh Coronavirus cases have been reported worldwide with the death toll nearing 5,000. In India 74 people have been tested positive for the Coronavirus infection and one death is confirmed.