Belarus Premier League Continues Amidst COVID-19

The Belarus Premier League considers themselves exempt from the social distancing measures involved with COVID-19. This follows after matches are continually being played throughout the pandemic. Sports analysts are shocked that the Belarus Government has permitted these matches, with the overwhelming number of supporters boycotting these games for safety concerns. Stadiums that support upwards of 1500 fans have dropped their attendance volumes down to 253. Though this means social distancing is being practised in these stadiums, the chance for exposure is growing drastically. It’s prompted medical officials in the European Union to demand that Belarus Politicians implement postponements on the league. Responses from these politicians have been minimal, with the President believing that COVID-19 isn’t any worse than the flu.

Athletes within the Belarus Premier League have expressed that the lack of fans is ruining their support. Football is primarily centred around the spectators, with their regular chants and explosions of colourful smoke. This isn’t possible anywhere with spectators boycotting these matches, removing a significant portion of excitement associated with playing professionally. BPL Athletes have still requested that supporters remain home for their safety, as losing these spectators long-term is worse than the short-term results of the novel coronavirus.

Official statements from the BPL request that risks be reduced to spread the virus. Executives with the Belarus Premier League would’ve terminated all matches but are under orders from the government to continue playing. This follows after 2000+ cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed throughout Belarus. Twenty-three individuals have died, and healthcare workers aren’t receiving proper equipment in this region. It’s expected that Belarus will eventually have an epicentre-level pandemic with COVID-19.

The Foolish President

The Belarus Football Federation confirmed that government officials demanded that matches continue being played. Coaches throughout the Belarus Premier League have requested that the government reconsider, with their president ignoring all requests regarding COVID-19. Citizens within this region have become drastically concerned for their safety with the lack of care or respect the president has towards this virus. Until postponements are made to the BPL, diehard supporters will continue to traverse these stadiums and risk their lives to watch footballers compete. It’s the government’s moral duty to ensure this doesn’t happen.