Sports hit hard by Covid-19: Djokovic, 10 Pakistan cricketers among other athletes to contract coronavirus

Novak Djokovic on Tuesday joined a long list of high-profile athletes who have tested positive for Covid-19 so far after confirmed that he had contracted the virus along with his wife, Jelena.

Djokovic organised the Adria Tour charity tennis tournament in which three other players previously tested positive for Covid-19 along with his fitness trainer as well.

News of the world number one tennis player Novak Djokovic contracting the virus came just minutes before it was confirmed that 7 more players of the Pakistan cricket team tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total to 10 after 3 had contracted the virus on Monday.

The list of high-profile athletes contracting coronavirus is growing larger with each passing day now that sports has slowly resumed after a long hiatus.

ADRIA TOUR DISASTER

Novak Djokovic is facing a lot of criticism for organising the exhibition tennis tournament and bringing in players from other countries amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The remainder of the tournament was called off after Djokovic and his wife tested positive along with Borna Coric, Grigor Dimitrov and Viktor Troicki. Djokovic’s fitness trainer also contracted the disease.

BLOW FOR PAKISTAN CRICKET TEAM

The Pakistan cricket team has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic after 7 players tested positive for Covid-19, 3 players had contracted the virus on Monday.

Fakhar Zaman, Imran Khan, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Rizwan and Wahab Riaz were added to the list of 10 which also includes Haris Rauf, Shadab Khan and Haider Ali. A member of the support staff also got the disease after testing on Tuesday.

The 10 players are part of the 29-member squad that was announced for their upcoming tour to England. Pakistan are scheduled to play 3 Tests and as many T20Is against England in August-September in a bio-secure environment but it remains to be seen if the tour goes ahead now with the news of these 10 players contracting coronavirus.

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Earlier this month, former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi also confirmed that he tested positive for Covid-19.

The Bangladesh cricket team has also been hit hard by the pandemic as Mashrafe Mortaza, left-arm spinner Nazmul Islam and opener Nafees…

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