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KBO and K League create templates for the return of sport

Korea’s football and baseball leagues have published detailed guidelines governing their resumptions this week. Testing regimes, distancing measures, and contingency plans for positive tests have been outlined. There has been increased interest in the leagues’ international media rights due to their restart. South Korea’s professional football and baseball leagues are resuming their 2020 seasons this week, after the country has had greater success than most in tackling the Covid-19 pandemic. The two leagues will operate under extraordinary measures designed to make sure they do not contribute to further spreading of the virus; measures which could prove a useful template for other sports event organisers around the world as they contemplate their own restarts. Indeed, the K League, the organiser of the country’s top two football divisions, has already shared its Covid-19 ‘manual’ with the World League Forum, a grouping of football leagues which includes the English Premier League, German Bundesliga, Spanish LaLiga, Italian Serie A and French Ligue 1.

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