Dybala, Durant and Gaviria among the American Athletes suffering Covid-19


Paulo Dybala of Juventus gestures during the Serie A match between Juventus and Brescia Calcio at Allianz Stadium on February 16, 2020, in Turin, Italy.

BOGOTA’, March 22, 2020 – Argentinian ace Paulo Dybala of Juventus is the latest football player to test positive to Coronavirus. During the previous days, teammates Rugani and Matuidi had given a positive outcome after being tested by the medical staff. “Dybala resulted asymptomatic and is feeling good, however, he is living self-isolated according to the medical procedures” announced the Italian team. Dybala published a message on the social media to alleviate fans’ concerns: “My fiancee Oriana and I are in perfect conditions”, he posted on Instagram.

Another case is the Colombian cyclist Fernando Gaviria, a current member of the UAE Professional Team UAE Team Emirates. Gaviria, who tested positive for ‘coronavirus’ during the Emirates Tour, is recovering satisfactorily. On the other hand, the Mexican Mariana Arceo, classified Olympic of pentathlon has the virus, is being treated and is stable.

As the days go by, more cases of athletes who have unfortunately acquired the virus are known. From AIPS, we wish the athletes of the Americas a speedy recovery:

Paulo Dybala – Football – Argentina
Ezequiel Garay – Football – Argentina
Germán Pezzella – Football – Argentina
Maximiliano Richeze – Cycling – Argentina
Facundo Corvalán – Basketball – Argentina
Jonathas de Jesus – Football – Brazil
Fernando Gaviria – Cycling – Colombia
Marcus Smart – Basketball – United States
Kevin Durant – Basketball – United States
Christian Wood – Basketball – United States
Trey Thompkins – Basketball – United States
Donovan Mitchell – Basketball – United States
Sean Payton – American Football – United States

The New Providence Basketball Association, through its President James Price, announced that the postseason, which was to continue this Saturday and was pending due to the dispute of the semifinal matches, has been suspended.

The Pre-Olympic tournament, organized by the Central American and Caribbean Football Confederation, which is organized in the U-23 category, and which should be played in Guadalajara, Mexico between the end of March until April 1st, was suspended. No new stipulated date yet

Due to uncertainty over COVID-19, the International Skating Union and Skate Canada were informed by the Government of Quebec of the decision to cancel the following events that were to take place in March.


The 2020 Women’s World Championship was scheduled to be an international Ice Hockey tournament led by the International Federation, scheduled to take place in Halifax and Truro, Canada from March 31st to April 10th 2020, the tournament was cancelled, however, host cities will do so in 2021.

The owners of the clubs of the Mayor Arena Soccer League decided to stop their 2020 season. The carrying on of the playoffs will be pending on authorization by the country’s authorities; there is the possibility of changing the format only on this occasion.

The PGA -Professional Golfers’ Association Championship, the second ‘Major’ of the season scheduled to take place in San Francisco, United States, from May 11th to 17th has been postponed and is expected to be held this summer.

Greenland authorities confirmed earlier this week their first case of a person infected with the coronavirus. Facing this first case, Greenland has provisionally closed its borders as a measure to prevent infected people to enter the island and to avoid the spread of the virus. This island has about 56 million people living on approximately two million square kilometres.

The National Federations and the National Commission of Physical Culture and Sport -CONADE- decided in an emergency meeting to keep the national teams that go to the Olympic Games at the National Center for the Development of Sports Talents and High Performance -CNAR- to train behind closed doors until the quarantine is over.

In addition, all national competitions and camps and travels to international events are postponed.

It was officially reported that Mariana Arceo, an Olympic pentathlon athlete, has a ‘coronavirus’, the athlete is currently stable and gradually improving after a complication of pneumonia.

The Baseball Preseason Games have been postponed, so far it is set to resume on May 11th 2020.

Tennis also had the cancellation of its tournaments, the Mexico City Open that would be played from March 30th to April 5th and the Zapopan Open that had to be held this week.

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