ESPN currently features only one “top event” on its sports ticker, as of Tuesday morning: a soccer match between Uganda and Zambia, which was scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time.
Neither Uganda nor Zambia has reported a case of coronavirus yet, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) map.
However, there were no match updates — for good reason: the game had been postponed to allow authorities to take precautions against a coronavirus outbreak.
According to China’s Xinhua:
The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has postponed the Tri-Nations Football tournament that was scheduled to take place on March 17-21 in Kampala.
Ahmed Hussein, the Communications manager of the Football body confirmed the development on Sunday evening.
“We shall now have the tournament on March 24-28,” added Hussein.
He added that they have had to push the tournament by a week because of the current challenges of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and also to give the other teams time to prepare.
The Tri-Nations tournament to be played at the Ugandan National Stadium will attract hosts Uganda, Mali and Zambia. The three teams will use the tournament to prepare for the 2020 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) slated for April 4-25 in Cameroon.
Those looking for updates on one of the only sporting events in the world may check ESPN for updates.
ESPN, at a loss for other news to report, has devoted intense coverage to free agency transactions in the NFL.
Football has not been deeply impacted by the coronavirus outbreak yet, since the season does not begin until late summer, though training camps have been postponed.
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