Major sporting events and competitions in Slovenia cancelled

Ljubljana, 12 March - Major sporting events are being cancelled in Slovenia as a measure to contain the spreading of the new coronavirus. The Alpine Ski World Cup event, scheduled to take place in Kranjska Gora at the weekend, was cancelled today, while the Slovenian Football Association (NZS) also cancelled all events and competitions under its auspices.

Kranjska Gora
The ski resort in Kranjska Gora, the venue of the Alpine Ski World Cup events.
Photo: Tinkara Zupan/STA

The organisers of the Vitranc Cup in Kranjska Gora said the event was cancelled based on recommendations from the International Ski Federation and in consultations with the National Public Health Institute.

They added that three persons participating in the Alpine Ski World Cup caravan had COVID-19 symptoms, including one who tested positive for the coronavirus. All thee persons have been quarantined.

The decision effectively ends the Alpine Ski World Cup for men, as the Cortina d'Ampezzo event in Italy, which is the last event on the schedule, had been cancelled beforehand.

Srečko Medven of the organising committee that "in a bid to protect Slovenia from potential new entry of the virus from the registered teams...we were forced to cancelled the event. Health is the first priority."

Announcing the cancellation of all events and competitions under its auspices, the NZS said that potential risk of infection was too high for football competitions to resume. It also recommended that all training sessions for youth teams be suspended.

For now, the measure is in place until the end of March, the association said, adding that it would monitor the situation closely and take further measures accordingly.

The national basketball, volleyball, handball and ice hockey associations have also cancelled all league matches under their auspices until further notice from the authorities.

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