Chinese Super League kick-off given all clear

Sports | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 23 Jul 2020

The Chinese Super League is poised to kick off on Saturday as planned after all players registered negative for coronavirus as part of a vast testing program.

A total of 1,870 people, including players and coaching staff, were tested as they entered a safe "bubble" designed to prevent infections. All were negative, the CSL said.

Players will be tested for coronavirus once a week during the delayed and revamped season, Xinhua news agency reported.

The 16 teams have been split into two groups, one based in Dalian and the other in Suzhou, near Shanghai, as part of coronavirus safety measures.

All players, staff and officials are housed at a single hotel in each host city and are not allowed to see their families for the first two months.

The season, which was supposed to begin in February before the pandemic struck, will launch with champions Guangzhou Evergrande playing FA Cup winners Shanghai Shenhua in Dalian.

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