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Olympic athletes must sign COVID-19 waiver to compete, KBO to allow groups of four in stadiums Updated: 2021-05-31 15:45:44 KST

Time now for "This Week in Sports" and so joining us in the studio is our sports editor, Paul Neat.
Paul, let's begin with the Olympics. The latest is that athletes will have to sign a COVID-19 waiver to be able to compete.
What can you tell us about that?

That's right. Athletes must sign a waiver which would exempt Olympic organizers from liability for COVID-19 infections.
Compared to the waivers from previous Olympics, an updated version includes language that protects organizers specifically against consequences of the coronavirus.
IOC chief operating officer Lana Haddad on Saturday said that the aim is "to provide transparency and ensure informed consent."
She also said that the waivers are "within the framework of the law."
Meanwhile, former South Korean Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun has taken issue with the waivers.
Chung said on Sunday that he opposes South Korea's participation in the Tokyo Olympics because the safety and lives of South Korea’s athletes are not guaranteed.
He also said that Japan’s Olympic map marking Dokdo as Japanese territory is “obvious political provocation," and that the IOC is “damaging Olympic spirit.”

Moving on to football now, one of the biggest games of club football in the world, the Champions League Final, saw Chelsea emerge as winners?

Yes, Chelsea on Saturday lifted the European Champions League after a 1-0 win over Premier League rivals Manchester City.
German midfielder Kai Havertz latched onto a clever through-ball from Mason Mount just a few minutes before half time to score the game’s only goal.
It was Chelsea’s second title and leaves City still searching for a major European cup win despite the club spending over one billion U.S. dollars on players over the last five years.
This year’s final was moved from Istanbul to Porto due to the UK’s COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Meanwhile, the South Korean National Football Team returns to action this weekend for the long-delayed World Cup qualifiers. Who are they playing and what is the current situation?

Yes, this Saturday South Korea get their World Cup qualification campaign back underway.
After over a year of delays due to the pandemic, South Korea began training today ahead of three second round World Cup qualifiers.
Up first is Turkmenistan this Saturday, a team which Korea beat 2-nil in the previous meeting in October 2019.
South Korea have moved top of their group on goal difference… without even playing.
This is because it was announced last Thursday that North Korea’s results were declared null and avoid following their withdrawal.

And finally, to baseball. Some good news for domestic baseball fans as the KBO has announced loosened restrictions. What are the changes?

KBO on Monday announced plans to relax social distancing rules on seating arrangements at stadiums during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fans traveling in groups will no longer be required to put unoccupied seats between each other.
Up to four fans will be allowed to sit in a row if they're attending games as a group.
The KBO said it reached the decision following consultations with national health authorities and the sports ministry.
Meanwhile, in MLB, Ryu Hyun-jin on Saturday helped the Blue Jays beat the Cleveland Indians 11-2 in a game which was cut short by rainstorms in the local area.
It was Ryu's fourth win in a row and fourth consecutive match to reach the seventh inning.

Thank-you for that, Paul. We shall see you next week.

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