CAPE TOWN – The remainder of the PSL will be completed within a ‘Bio-Bubble’ in Gauteng, but is it really a good idea?
The PSL will see the remainder of the season played out at any costs required, according to the PSL Chairman, Dr Irvin Khoza, but this has raised concerns of its own, leaving many with questions.
The PSL has put together a ‘Bio-Bubble’ in Gauteng where all teams will spend the remaining 6 weeks required to complete the season with the PSL Chairman, recently confirming that only two compulsory tests of each person will take place with the last test taken 48 hours prior to entering the ‘biologically safe environment’.
The bio-bubble is a set location with selected training grounds, stadiums and accommodations where clubs – no more than 50 people (players and staff members) – will remain within the six week period given to the completion of the league.
“What we are doing is what we call a medically justifiable approach where players will be placed in a suitable environment that will stop any interaction with the people not involved in the game,” Khoza explained to IOL.
Players and staff members won’t be allowed to leave the assigned facilities – if in the case they do, they won’t be allowed to return but continuous testing will not take place with Khoza confirming in a recent statement, which has caused one of the many concerns.
The club has undergone the final round of testing in preparation for return to football matches in the BSE.
— Cape Town City FC (@CapeTownCityFC) July 14, 2020
The other major concern was that the league had initially planned on resuming this weekend (18 July) and selected Gauteng as its host for the ‘Bio-Bubble’ facilities with some of the training grounds and stadiums located within the current epicentre of Covid-19 cases with the current confirmed cases sitting at around 103 713 at the time of writing.
Khoza insists that the league be completed under all costs necessary with solutions to all possible issues that may arise, like in the case of a player testing positive, clubs may swap them for another from the reserve teams.
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