The only professional sports league in Singapore resumes after 203 days of suspension due to COVID-19.
The Singapore Premier League (SPL) will finally restart on Oct 17.
The announcement was made by the Minister of Culture, Community and Youth Edwin Tong via his Facebook page on Friday (Oct 9). The league had been suspended since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As part of safe management measures, coaches and team officials will have to wear masks during games. Only the 22 players and four match referees on the field will be exempted from wearing one.
The minister added that the COVID-19 swab tests results for all 223 players and match officers came back negative.
However, football fans won’t be able to watch matches live at the stadium just yet. Matches will still be played behind closed doors, as it was right before the league was suspended.
“But you and your loved ones can still catch them on live-streams and selected cable broadcast channels,” said Mr Tong, who added that fixtures for the remainder of the season will be announced by the Football Association of Singapore shortly.
The current champions of the SPL is Brunei DPMM. Tampines Rovers lead the table currently with nine points from four matches.
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