Stars' positive tests underscore virus risks

Sports | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 15 Oct 2020

Cristiano Ronaldo and top-ranked golfer Dustin Johnson tested positive for the coronavirus as a surge in cases cast a shadow over the return of professional sport.

Ronaldo, 35, is asymptomatic but has withdrawn from Portugal's Nations League football game against Sweden this morning (HK time) after he played in Sunday's 0-0 draw against France.

The rest of the Portugal squad, and France's players, all tested negative.

American Johnson, 36, was forced out of this week's CJ Cup in Las Vegas, becoming the highest-profile golfer to test positive for Covid-19.

The positive tests by two of the world's leading sportsmen highlight a rash of cases coinciding with the return of many sports competitions. Cases also include cycling, rugby union, rugby league, American football and Formula 1.

Still, Ronaldo was "fine and sunbathing" after his positive test, Juventus teammate Giorgio Chiellini said.

But the incident renews controversy over his departure from Turin. Authorities said it was a breach of virus protocols and underlined the difficulty of international competition.

Ronaldo and other Juventus players left to join up with their national teams despite the Italian champions' squad being in isolation after two staff members tested positive.

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