The AFL fee has tonight made the choice to go forward with spherical one of many 2020 season regardless of fears over the Coronavirus that has develop into a world pandemic.
CEO Gillon McLachlan addressed the media at 7:45PM AEST, simply 24 hours out from the opening recreation of the season between Richmond and Carlton on the MCG tomorrow night time.
Prolonged talks between the AFL fee continued all through the day and into the night following Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s tackle to the nation this morning concerning the unfolding state of affairs of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) gripping the world.
Whereas most nations are in complete lockdown and sport all around the world has been cancelled or postponed, the AFL have been weighing up all week whether or not to begin the season regardless of saying that every one video games could be performed behind closed doorways.
We begin tomorrow night time 👊 pic.twitter.com/sh6t1fMD3i
— AFL (@AFL) March 18, 2020
— Lachie Neale (@lachieneale) March 18, 2020
Loads of questions might be requested whether or not it’s the proper resolution, nonetheless the AFL have assured the general public that the season might be suspended instantly if any participant assessments constructive to the virus and that the AFL is following the most effective recommendation from the Australian authorities.
Australia already has some 454 confirmed circumstances with 6 individuals dying from the illness. Nonetheless, different nations have been hit onerous with circumstances skyrocketing because the outbreak.
McLachlan assured the general public that issues can change in a short time and the AFL must be fluid of their strategy.
“We should go ahead day-by-day listening to the recommendation and proceed to make the most effective selections for our trade of balancing wellbeing, welfare, management and financial and social impacts.” McLaughlan stated on Wednesday night time.
The NAB AFL Girls’s Last Collection might be introduced ahead. The fixture might be launched tomorrow. Extra to come back. pic.twitter.com/33qG5TiqTa
— AFL Girls’s (@aflwomens) March 18, 2020
It was additionally revealed that the AFLW season might be minimize quick, forgoing the ultimate two rounds to move straight right into a finals sequence.