Turkmenistan restarts his Sunday football season with fans flocking back to stadiums in a few countries even report a case of coronavirus.
The Central Asian state following other countries around the world when it suspended its eight -team League in March only three games into the season.
the national football federation cited the recommendations of the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization to prevent the spread of the disease.
A month later, despite international concerns that the Turkmen authorities underplaying the threat of viruses, football is back, with supporters too happy to follow the action of the stands.
“Joy boosts our immunity,” jokedAchir Yusupov, a 34 year old entrepreneur.
He Said, he would watch the champions Altyn Asyr take the start of the table-toppers Kopetdag in the capital Ashgabat Sunday.
Yusupov said he was not afraid of crowded places, despite being aware of the prohibitions on sporting events in other countries.
“We have no coronavirus, so why not restart our league?” he asked
Three former Soviet states have resisted the global trend to suspend the professional leagues: .. Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Belarus
Global interest in the Belarusian league jumped on the back of her decision, while the Tajikistan Cup super final earlier this month-has attracted a curious public online in several languages.
But Belarus, which has confirmed 4779 cases of coronavirus, was strongly criticized for allowing fans to attend games.
Tajikistan started its season with matches held behind closed doors, as the authoritarian government, like that of Turkmenistan, continues to insist that there are no cases in the country .
based Ashgabat, Altyn Asyr, whose name translates to “golden age”, won the title last year Turkmenistan.
Victory against Kopetdag would take the top of the table, with other teams to play Monday.
Vepa, 20-year -old student, said he “never misses a game” and go to Sunday’s game despite not pas support both teams.
His club is Ahal, representing the region outside Ashgabat where the family of President Berdymukhamedov and much hail political elite.
Vepa said he was not sure Ahal can mount a serious title challenge, but he HAS high hopes for the new signature Elman Tagayev, a midfielder aged 30, who is back a living room with a club in neighboring Uzbekistan.
“His game is vibrant and beautiful,” said Vepa.