India has registered 105 new Covid-19 cases during the past 24 hours, the Union Health ministry said on Tuesday.
The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) on Tuesday confirmed that a wrestler has recently tested positive for COVID-19.
They revealed in their statement that ‘a developmental talent’ has tested positive but it remains unclear if the athlete was part of the NXT roster or not.
“A developmental talent, who was last on site at WWE’s training facility on Tuesday, June 9, has tested positive for COVID-19,” Jeffery Dugas, WWE’s associate medical director, was quoted as saying in the statement by Bleacher Report.
“Since that time, no other individuals that attended the facility have reported symptoms.
“However, out of an abundance of caution and to ensure the health and safety of the company’s performers and staff, all talent, production crew and employees on site at the training and production facilities will be tested for COVID-19 immediately.
“Following the test results, WWE plans to proceed with its normal television production schedule.”
The professional wrestling industry has also been hit by the pandemic as WWE has been forced to host events only at their Performance Center in Orlando.
Weekly shows Raw and SmackDown have been allowed to go ahead as per usual while monthly pay-per-view events have also been held without fans in the stands.
The coronavirus pandemic has brought the entire world to a standstill and the sporting arena is no exception. Most of the high profile tournaments including the Olympics stand postponed.
Even the biggest cricketing spectacle on the planet, the Indian Premier League (IPL), stands suspended indefinitely owing to the coronavirus pandemic. After Bundesliga, La Liga and Serie A have recently become the other high-profile sporting events to resume after almost a three month period with almost no sporting activity. Premier League is also expected to resume later this month.
A few cricketing boards around the world have only recently granted permission to their players to resume training.
The move to restart sporting leagues and tournaments comes after governments are beginning to realise that the coronavirus is here to stay for quite some time and sports among other businesses will need to find a way to co-exist with it.
The virus has already infected more than 8 million people around the world while claiming over 430 thousand lives. There is still no sure shot treatment of the disease and social-distancing, self-isolation and maintenance of basic hand hygiene remain the only potent weapons of protecting oneself from contracting the infection.
(With inputs from IANS)