The new coronavirus cases in the world of high-class water polo forced the Hungarian Water Polo Federation to postpone the National Cup’s final tournament.
The Maltese Swimming Federation has similar problems. An encounter of the 6th round of the Summer Maltese League, between San Giljan and Birzebbuga, was postponed because a player from San Giljan tested positive for Covid-19, “The Malta Independent” writes. The San Giljan player is not part of the first team, but he maybe had contact with his teammates during training sessions.
This was the first reported case of coronavirus in water polo in Malta.
The game was scheduled for Wednesday. Other yesterday’s matches were played, but the Aquatic Sports Association (ASA) of Malta later said that all matches scheduled for this week have been postponed until it receives instructions from the health authorities.
The next games, if nothing changes meanwhile, will be played on Tuesday.
Besides, “The Malta Independent” reported that their newsroom was informed that a second player, from another team, had also tested positive for the coronavirus. He is also not a first-team player.
The season in Malta was continued in July, with the Enemed Cup. San Giljan won the second place, behind Sliema. After the Enemed Cup, the league has started. Until August 6, the games were played in front of spectators. A limited number of people were allowed to enter the pools. On August 6, ASA decided that all the activities will be held behind closed doors. This was following the new protective measures in Malta.
Ten teams play in the league. After the 8th round, the top 6 teams will continue the competition in the mini-league.