World News – UA – Singapore MMA shows test case for return of sports fans


Singapore’s pilot initiative to conduct rapid coronavirus testing to allow fans to participate in a One Championship MMA broadcast could point the way for other countries to host sporting events during the pandemic, said the organizers

Sports have slowly resumed around the world after a hiatus of several months, but many events have gone without spectators, to reduce the risk of infection

On Friday, up to 250 masked fans will attend the « One: Inside the Matrix » mixed martial arts card, at an indoor stadium – the city-state’s first sporting event with an audience in months

The screenings are part of a government pilot program where people will be tested for Covid-19 ahead of large-scale rallies, and comes as Singapore prepares to ease restrictions further as the outbreak slows down

Fans will need to test negative in antigen tests, which can identify at least 80% of those infected and provide results in about 15 minutes

« This is a first for Singapore and if we are successful it will pave the way for others to get back to normal, » said Teh Hua Fung, chairman of One Championship group, the biggest MMA promotion from asia

Spectators will also sit separate from each other to reduce the risk of infection, and no food or drink will be for sale, with fans receiving bags of goodies instead

Ninety-eight people, including 42 athletes, were airlifted to the city-state for the six-fight event Fifteen fights will also be pre-recorded for later outing

Two men from the United States and Russia helping fighters tested positive for the virus on Tuesday, but the results were determined to be from previous infections, organizers said

They were tested again on Thursday and will only be allowed to participate if the latest tests show negative results

A league has been unable to host matches for nearly four months due to the pandemic, but it resumed in China in June and hosted its first international event in Singapore this month, with no fans

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