Adrian Mierzejewski of Chongqing Lifan shoots during a 6th round match of the Chinese Super League against Dalian Yifang in Dalian, northeast China's Liaoning Province, on April 21, 2019. (Xinhua/Pan Yulong)
Chinese top-flight clubs are preparing for the delayed 2020 season to restart on July 25, according to local media report.
BEIJING, June 27 (Xinhua) -- Chinese top-flight clubs are preparing for the delayed 2020 season to restart on July 25, according to local media report on Saturday.
The new season of the Chinese Super League (CSL), which had scheduled to kick off on February 22, was suspended indefinitely by the outbreak of the COVID-19, has been rumored to restart on July 25.
All the CSL clubs have learned from unofficial channels that the league will be resumed on that date and are making preparations accordingly, a report from news outlet Jintiyu said.
Jiang Minwen of Wuhan Zhuoer celebrates during a 6th round match of the Chinese Super League against Shanghai Shenhua in Wuhan, capital city of central China's Hubei Province, April 21, 2019. (Xinhua/Xiong Qi)
Though the Chinese Football Association (CFA) is yet to get its epidemic control plans approved by the authorities, the CSL clubs are following the plans to prepare for the league's resumption, the report said.
The CSL 2020 campaign will not restart until the virus is under control in China, said the CFA's anti-epidemic consultant Zhang Wenhong last week.
"The goal of our battle against the virus is to keep the cases dwindling close to zero. So we are more cautious and need more time," said Zhang, a leading expert in China's efforts in containing the outbreak.
Yu Hai (2nd R) of Shanghai SIPG vies with Li Xuepeng (C) of Guangzhou Evergrande during their 2017 Chinese Football Association Super League match in Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong Province, April 1, 2017. (Xinhua/Liu Dawei)
The resurgence of the virus in Beijing cast new doubt over the resumption of football leagues in China.
Beijing reported 17 new confirmed domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases and four asymptomatic cases Friday, the municipal health commission said Saturday.
From June 11 to 26, Beijing reported 297 confirmed locally transmitted cases, all of whom were receiving treatment. Meanwhile, there are 25 asymptomatic cases still under medical observation, the commission said. ■