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The KHL 20-21 season vs COVID (starting rough)

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So far not a very good start at pre season play.

last week I heard Podolzkins team had stopped training because 9 players had tested positive,  and now this report of 20 players reporting positive on Avangard Omsk.

Pasted from SN.

 

KHL club Avangard Omsk records 20 positive COVID-19 tests

Associated PressJuly 21, 2020, 10:38 AM

A Russian team playing in the Kontinental Hockey League has withdrawn from a pre-season tournament after 20 people from the club tested positive for the coronavirus.

 

Avangard Omsk general manager Alexei Volkov says the positive tests come from players and members of team staff who were tested during training camp. Volkov adds that the people are in isolation  and that most don’t have obvious symptoms.

 

Avangard was scheduled to play in a pre-season tournament from Aug. 4-9 in Sochi.

 

The last KHL season was cut short midway through the playoffs when the coronavirus pandemic made international travel difficult.

 

The KHL is aiming to start the new season on Sept. 2 and expects to finalize the calendar after a board meeting scheduled for next week.

 

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Consume more vodka!

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I've always suspected that Russia has been fudging their Covid 19 #s.  The way the virus climbed in the beginning suggested that they wouldn't be able to contain it and the hospitals were crashing with the massive volume of patients.  They really had no business opening the KHL under these circumstances. 

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Looks like there won’t be any hockey in Russia this year.  If they cancel the season would that allow the players to get out of their contracts?  Could Podkolzin and perhaps Tryamkin come to Vancouver for the start of the 2020 season which may not begin until December?  

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