Italy suspends all domestic sport competitions in bid to curb coronavirus

Italy suspends all domestic sport competitions in bid to curb coronavirus

(CNN)All domestic sport in Italy has been suspended as the novel coronavirus outbreak shows no signs of abating.

The country’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced new measures to curb the spread of the virus Monday, with a sporting ban put in place until April 3.Visit CNN.com/sport for more news, videos and features
    Italian clubs in UEFA competitions — such as Juventus’ Champions League tie against Lyon — are still eligible to be play matches behind closed doors, as are international friendlies involving Italy.Sporting facilities can also be used for training in a closed door capacity by professional athletes or non-professionals recognized by the country’s Olympic committee.Read MoreItaly is under lockdown as the spread of the virus intensifies, with all public gatherings banned, schools shut and public services suspended.READ: How March Madness is planning to combat coronavirusItaly suspends all domestic sport competitions in bid to curb coronavirus Italy suspends all domestic sport competitions in bid to curb coronavirus
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      The latest sporting competitions to be impacted by the coronavirus include the prestigious Indian Wells tennis tournament, which has been canceled, and the Olympic torch lighting ceremony, which has been closed to the public. Professional sports leagues in the US are also restricting locker room access indefinitely, and measures have also been taken to combat the spread of the disease during March Madness.