As many as 97 footballers and staff have tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as Saudi football clubs resume training for the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Football League competitions.
According to the media reports, Saudi Arabian Football Federation said that 1,351 tests were conducted out between June 21 and July 8, resulting in 50 players and 47 administrative staff testing positive.
Matches in the professional league set to resume on Aug. 4 2020 after facing suspension in March due to the dread virus , which stopped all sports activities in Saudi Arabia.
The Saudi Pro League Association and relevant authorities have introduced a range of protocols to ensure a safe return to competition.
Players in the Kingdom are encouraged to use hand sanitizers and disinfectants before and after training.
In addition to this, Surfaces will be cleaned and sanitized around the clock, and coaching and administrative staff must wear face masks at all times to prevent the virus.
Furthermore the staff and players will have their temperatures checked at the entrance to training grounds, which will have designated entrances and exits to avoid overcrowding.
Staff will also check for symptoms among players during training sessions.