Coronavirus concerns: Two Italian golfers isolated; other sports events affected

Two players have withdrawn from this week’s Oman Open on the European Tour, reportedly because they are being isolated to determine if they have been infected with the coronavirus.

An Associated Press report names Italians Lorenzo Gagli and Edoardo Molinari as the players in question. Northern Italy has been affected by the disease.

According to the AP, Gagli told the Italian newspaper La Nazione that a European Tour doctor told him at breakfast Wednesday to return to his room. Molinari, his roommate for the week in Oman, was moved to another room.

Gagli expressed frustration that isolation measures were being used in the case of himself and Molinari. He referenced shared meals with other players, contact in the gym and bus travel.

“If there was a risk of contagion, then they would have to isolate dozens of golfers and cancel the tournament,” Gagli said.

Italian golfer Edoardo Molinari (pictured) and Lorenzo Gagli have withdrawn from the Oman Open on the European Tour amid reports they are being isolated to determine if they have the coronavirus.

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The Associated Press referenced an email from a European Tour spokesman that said only that Gagli and Molinari have withdrawn from the Oman Open on “medical grounds.” The spokesman said he could not say anything further because of patient confidentiality.

In the AP story, Gagli mentioned a European Tour email sent to players last week that requested they get vaccinated for yellow fever if planning to play in the Hero Indian Open on March 19-22 in New Delhi. He says he couldn’t get the vaccine before leaving Italy and was checked out by a European Tour doctor on Tuesday.

“I told her that I had had a fever until last Friday and she told me to wait two more days before getting the vaccine,” Gagli told the newspaper. “I went to train like normal and then this morning I was told of the decision to put me in isolation.”

Other sporting events affected by concerns about the coronavirus:

-NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the league will monitor the outbreak in China as it decides whether to hold games there again. It held preseason games in the country in 2017 and 2018.

Former NBA player Lance Stephenson left China  and is working out in Indianapolis instead.

-Chih-Jung Liu, a right-handed pitcher from Taiwan, is being quarantined in his hotel room as the Boston Red Sox exercise an “overabundance of caution,” according to the Boston Globe

-The Asian Football Confederation postponed a March 14 meeting in Bahrain and an April 16 one in Kuala Lumpur. Governments have announced more than 20 cases of the virus in both Malaysia and Bahrain.

The virus has already affected soccer matches on the continent with Asian Champions League games involving Chinese clubs Guangzhou Evergrande, Shanghai Shenhua and Shanghai SIPG postponed to April and May.

-Four Serie A matches in Italy were postponed, but Juventus’ UEFA Champions League game in Lyon, France, went ahead as scheduled, with Italian fans allowed to attend.

-Japan’s professional soccer league, the J League, is postponing 94 games that were scheduled from March 14. Japanese baseball teams playing without spectators.

-Ireland’s Six Nations rugby match against Italy in Dublin was postponed. The Italians were scheduled to play at Ireland on March 7.

Contributing: Fayzan Mirza and Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY Sports; Associated Press

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