The Chronicle

Pre-season plans take hit after player’s positive test



NEWCASTLE Eagles’ pre-season game against Cheshire Phoenix has been cancelled after an Eagles BBL player tested positive for coronaviru­s.

The game was due to go ahead tonight behind closed doors but the player concerned and his teammates are now in isolation, in line with Basketball England guidance.

The Eagles said in a statement: “Since the return to indoor courts this summer, the club and all its players have been following the strictest national governing body guidelines, to the highest standards, in order to prevent the spread of any coronaviru­s cases.

“The Eagles Community Arena has been paving the way for indoor sport in its operation of a Covid- secure environmen­t to train and play after it was approved as safe to host a test event as part of the return of spectators to venues and in successful­ly holding a pilot of the Basketball England and BBL game day guidance. “Today’s decision follows detailed consultati­on with the league, national governing body and their medical team, in the interest of the health and wellbeing of the players and staff at both clubs. “Newcastle Eagles would like to thank all their fans for their support ahead of the friendly fixture and assures all live stream virtual ticket purchasers that they will be refunded over the weekend.

“The club would like to further thank all parties involved for their assistance over the last 24 hours and in supporting the player with what it hopes will be a speedy recovery.”

Today’s decision follows detailed consultati­on with the league, national governing body and medical team Newcastle Eagles

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PiCture: Steve BroCk

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