Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the leading public health expert on President Trumpâ€™s coronavirus task force, said this week that it might beÂ very difficult for major sports in the United Statesto return to actionÂ this year.
Various leagues have considered a number of options for restarting play that came to a halt in mid-March, as the extent of the coronavirus outbreak became increasingly apparent.
A key variable, Dr. Fauci said in an interview on Tuesday, will be whether the country can gain broad access to testing that quickly yields results. He said that manufacturers had made strides in developing such tests, but not enough for major sports competitions to resume.
â€œSafety, for the players and for the fans, trumps everything,â€ he said. â€œIf you canâ€™t guarantee safety, then unfortunately youâ€™re going to have to bite the bullet and say, â€˜We may have to go without this sport for this season.â€™â€
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