Beijing, July 1 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 1st Jul, 2020 ) :The Chinese Super League season will begin on July 25 after the coronavirus pandemic delayed it by five months, the country’s football association said on Wednesday.
It is a major boost for sport in China and another sign of life returning to normality in the country where COVID-19 emerged late last year before spreading globally.
The 16-team league, which had been originally due to kick off in February, will be played under a different format instead of the usual home-and-away competition.
The CFA said the league would “strictly abide by the requirements of national epidemic prevention work”.
But the CFA statement did not say whether fans would be allowed to attend, or which teams will play in each group in the revamped format.
The CFA said in February that it would introduce an extra transfer window before the league started to help clubs struggling to complete player transfers due to the outbreak.
The CBA has similarly divided up into two groups in two cities to prevent the spread of infections.
Chinese clubs have endured a long pre-season as they awaited the new campaign, with most beginning their disrupted preparations at the start of the year.
Football leagues across the globe have returned to action in recent weeks with no spectators and strict virus prevention measures in place.