SINGAPORE: The M2 World Championship e-sports tournament will proceed as scheduled on January 18, although three participants from Brazil showed a positive result for COVID-19, organizer MOONTON said on Friday (January 15th).
One participant was confirmed as an imported case of COVID-19 in the Health Department briefing on Wednesday, while the other two infections were reported on Thursday.
All three were positive after a change at the end of the 14-day notice stay at their home, MOONTON said in response to CNA questions.
“Each of them had taken a COVID-19 PCR test and had tested negative before leaving for Singapore,” MOONTON said in a statement.
Their close contacts have been identified and they are currently serving their quarantine in a special facility, he added.
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“As part of the protocols for foreign athletes and crew participating in this event, all participants abroad had to be tested before leaving their country,” the organizer said, adding that they had also been placed on a 14-day stay. home and tested towards the end of their notice period.
Those with a negative test result are allowed to attend the event at Shangri-La Hotel, MOONTON said.
“Public health and safety remain our top priority. These cases have been identified through control protocols and strict measures taken to safeguard the health of our local community and event participants,” MOONTON added.
There are 12 teams represented in the tournament focusing on Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, including two teams from Singapore.
In addition to Brazil, foreign teams come from Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines and Russia.
There are five key players in each team. “Most of them will come with a coach and coach and support staff as well as substitutes,” MOONTON said.
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