Holding the 1/4 finals of the Gagarin Cup was suspended due to coronavirus

the Subjunctive mood today is a necessity dictated by the spread of the coronavirus. And CHL also have to deal with that. The impact of the virus, the League felt at the stage of 1/8 finals. Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin has announced a ban on mass events in the city of more than 5,000 thousand people until April 10, and sixth, he’s the last match in a series of “Spartak” – “Dynamo” has passed in an empty stadium. Such restrictions are adopted in almost all cities where based participants in 1/4 finals of the playoffs, except Novosibirsk. In Kazakhstan and is due to emergency, the holding of sports events is completely excluded. However, for the KHL such bans were not the main difficulty.

Photo: Ilya Naymushin/RIA Novosti PBC “Lokomotiv-Kuban” quarantined for coronavirus

At the weekend about the end of the season announced “Jokerit”. “After long discussions with the participation of the club management, physicians and players it was decided not to go to St. Petersburg for a series against SKA and remove the team from the playoffs. The basis for this decision is concern about the health of the players and staff of the club, as well as a desire to slow the spread of coronavirus by the execution of instructions issued by the Finnish government as well as representatives of the Finnish Institute of health and welfare” – said in a statement posted on the club’s official website.

After leaving Jokerit on the agenda automatically raised the question of whether, in principle, to continue the season. Interestingly, the Finns in an official letter that was sent to the President of the KHL Alexei Morozov urged the League to bring the playoffs to the end. According to unofficial information, the same opinion was held and the remaining seven clubs, which PRovely remote the day before the meeting.

on Sunday, the NHL was one of the few leagues in world sport, which has not yet made a decision, click on the pause, it felt the pressure from the international sports community. In a statement on 14 March it was reported that “the KHL is developing options for further action in consultation with clubs and other stakeholders. The decision will be published immediately after its adoption.” At the time of this writing the new information from the League was received.