Coronavirus: Here's what happened in the sports world on Tuesday
Paris Saint-Germain, Toulouse soccer players contract coronavirus
The latest on how the coronavirus outbreak is affecting sports around the globe:
- Unlucky 7: French soccer players return positive COVID-19 tests
- U.S. soccer Hall of Fame induction ceremony postponed
- Tennis star Djokovic tests positive after hosting tourney
- Pittsburgh out of running to be NHL hub city
- 2 Steelers players have recovered from virus
- 2020 karate worlds postponed, moved to November 2021
7 French soccer players test positive for coronavirus
Three players from Paris Saint-Germain and four from fellow French soccer team Toulouse have tested positive for the coronavirus, their clubs said Tuesday.
PSG said the three players and a member of staff were infected by the virus during the lockdown when they were not in contact with each other. They "are no longer contagious and can carry on their training program," the club said.
PSG was crowned French champion after the league decided to abort the season because of the pandemic. However, the team is still set to play two domestic cup finals and has made it to the last eight of the Champions League, which will be played as a mini tournament in Portugal in August.
Toulouse, which has been relegated to the second division for next season, said its players were tested Monday ahead of the resumption of training.
Toulouse said it has taken "the strictest measures to ensure that the professional group can prepare in complete safety, with the health of the players, coaching staff and personnel remaining the club's priority."
U.S. soccer Hall of Fame induction moved to 2021
The U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame has postponed its 2020 induction ceremony to 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year's induction ceremony had been scheduled for Sept. 19-20 in Frisco, Texas, where the Hall of Fame is located.
Members of the 2020 and 2021 classes will be inducted together in a ceremony next year. Voting for the 2020 class was completed earlier this year but not yet announced.
Former U.S. national team goalkeeper Hope Solo, dismissed from the team following the 2016 Olympics, was among the first-time eligible players on the ballot. U.S. national team members Brad Davis, Whitney Engen, Herculez Gomez and Clarence Goodson also were among 14 first-time eligible players on the 42-person ballot.
Djokovic tests positive after exhibition tennis event
Novak Djokovic, the men's world No. 1 tennis player, has tested positive for COVID-19, he said in a statement on Tuesday.
Croatia's Borna Coric, Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria and Viktor Troicki have previously tested positive after playing in Djokovic's Adria Tour exhibition tournament in the Balkan region.
The tournament witnessed packed stands during the opening leg in Belgrade, players hugging at the net, playing basketball, posing for pictures and attending press conferences together.
Djokovic organized nights out in the Serbian capital for the players, and pictures and videos of him dancing with the other participants at his event were posted on social media.
With both Serbia and Croatia easing lockdown measures weeks before the event, players were not obliged to observe physical distancing rules in either country.
Pittsburgh out of mix to be NHL hub city
Pittsburgh is out of the running to be one of the two hubs for the NHL when the league resumes its season amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Penguins submitted what the club called an "aggressive" bid to be a hub city and was among the 10 finalists — including seven in the U.S. — announced by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. They announced Tuesday they weren't selected, joining the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Penguins president and CEO David Morehouse said simply being a finalist reflected the city's support of the team and the NHL.
The Penguins are among 24 teams that are in Phase 2 of the league's Return to Play program, which consists of small group workouts without coaches. Those 24 teams will eventually be part of an expanded playoff format, with 12 teams committed to each of the two host cities.
Canada's federal government last week said it would allow the league to quarantine internally, making Toronto, Vancouver and Edmonton realistic possibilities.
2 Steelers players contracted virus, have recovered
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin says two unidentified players have tested positive for COVID-19 and recovered.
Tomlin said Tuesday the players tested positive at some point earlier this year. Both players went through what Tomlin called "the appropriate protocol" and have since returned to work.
Neither player visited the team facility at any point during the off-season. The Steelers, like the rest of the NFL, have been meeting and training remotely rather than in person since mid-March.
Virus wipes out karate world championships
This year's karate world championships have been postponed for one year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The World Karate Federation says the championships will now take place from Nov. 16-21, 2021, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Karate was set to make its debut at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo but that event has also been postponed by a year.
The karate worlds are held every two years. The scheduled 2022 event has also been put back one year to 2023 in Budapest, Hungary.
With files from Reuters