Instead, Sydney, based in New South Wales, will now play West Coast this weekend, while Melbourne will take on Richmond. There are still more than 100 games to go in the resumed regular season, and conflicting state regulations may continue to tangle the schedule.
In England, where the Premier League has come back to life, there is an early snag. The Leicester area is under lockdown after an increase in coronavirus cases, with schools and shops being shuttered again. Leicester City is supposed to play Crystal Palace there on Saturday. The game is on for now, but neutral sites are being scouted just in case, and postponement is also a possibility.
Given that some states in the United States are also telling visitors to self-quarantine, it is an issue that may have an impact on the North American major leagues as well.
In other Antipodean developments, there was some good news for New Zealand … sort of. The rest of the 2019-20 rugby sevens series, the shorter, faster version of the game played in the Olympics, was canceled. The New Zealand men’s and women’s teams were in the lead, so they earn the trophies.
In the end, six of a possible 10 events for the men and five of eight for the women were staged before the pandemic. Events in Canada, England, France and Singapore and the most prestigious, the Hong Kong Sevens, will not be held this season.
Will things get back to normal in 2021 at least? Well, the men’s Africa Cup of Nations, the most important international soccer tournament on the continent, scheduled for January 2021, was pushed back to 2022 on Tuesday. And the women’s tournament was canceled entirely.