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Korean professional sport leagues shut down by COVID-19 Updated: 2020-03-03 17:13:09 KST

At first, it was no spectators. Now it's no matches at all.
South Korea's professional basketball league - the KBL - has decided to shut down its regular season until March 29th.
The KBL previously started playing games behind closed-doors last Wednesday.
But the league has even stopped those games after a guest who stayed at the same hotel as a KBL team tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday.

"Foreign players are leaving. Korean players are worried. So we made the decision."

Korea's professional men's and women's volleyball leagues have suspended all matches starting Tuesday.
The Korean Volleyball Federation had been playing matches behind closed-doors for a week, but eventually decided to put the season on hold to ensure the health and safety of the players and the fans.
Other sports have put off the start of their new seasons.
Korea's professional football league - the K League - postponed the start of the 2020 season, which would have kicked off last Saturday.

"Our goal is to complete all thirty-eight rounds. If not, we discussed the possibility of shortening the league schedule."

The Korea Baseball Organization has also canceled its entire 50-game preseason which was scheduled to begin on March 14th.
It is the first time in history that the KBO has called off its preseason and the first time the K League has delayed its opening rounds.
Kan Hyeong-woo, Arirang News.
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