In recent weeks, several sport clubs have reported that their players tested positive for the coronavirus. Following the COVID-19 cases in the men’s waterpolo teams of Ferencváros, Eger, Debrecen, UVSE, the Újpest ice-hockey team, and the Puskás Academy’s football team, now the hockey team of Dunaújváros also announced that many of their players are infected with the virus.
The Dunaújváros Acélbikák (Steel Bulls) reported on Monday that several of the team’s hockey players were feeling unwell, so the doctors recommended they take coronavirus tests. The results were shocking. On Wednesday morning, the team announced on Facebook that most of the team’s players who were tested turned out to be infected with COVID-19. According to duol.hu, 10 players were tested and eight results were positive.
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In the Facebook post, the team asked everyone who had been in contact with members of the adult team over the past week to stay at home, and said they are currently waiting for official instructions from the authorities.
Some speculate that the special quarantine rules for Hungarian athletes also make it easier for the virus to spread among sports teams. Hungarian athletes returning from abroad are currently being exempt from quarantine after two confirmed negative tests, 24 hours apart. Until then, they can still “travel in the form provided by the sports organization” between their home and the place of sports activities during the official home quarantine. As there is no restriction that this rule only applies to individual athletes, according to the new rules a team athlete who has not yet had a proven negative test may go to training as well.
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