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Moon hails opening of pro sports as meaningful step toward normal life

All News 14:01 May 06, 2020

SEOUL, May 6 (Yonhap) -- President Moon Jae-in said Wednesday that South Korea is setting a precedent for how to enjoy professional sports in the coronavirus era, a day after the opening of the country's new baseball season.

Games began on Children's Day following a monthlong delay, though fans were not allowed into ballparks over concerns of COVID-19. Players were even prohibited from spitting on field.

It demonstrated South Koreans' cautious return to normalcy, as COVID-19 infections have slowed remarkably in recent weeks.

The country shifted from social distancing to "everyday quarantine" as of Wednesday, when health authorities reported zero local infections for the third consecutive day.

"The world will learn, with a close look, how to enjoy sports while making quarantine and everyday life coexist," the president wrote on his social media account.

He noted that the United States and Japan broadcast the games live for baseball fans thirsty for live action.

"We would be more pleased if K-baseball is recognized (globally) via this opportunity," he added.

Moon pointed out that the South Korean football league is also scheduled to kick off Friday, Parents' Day.

"I expect sports to give hope to the people desiring the recovery of their daily lives as early as possible," he said. "To that end, the opening of the sports season should be well established in harmony with quarantine."

He stressed public efforts against the virus were behind the accomplishment of the "K-quarantine."

The Doosan Bears and the LG Twins play the season opener at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on May 5, 2020. (Yonhap)

lcd@yna.co.kr
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