Sports USA relax entry restrictions for professional athletes
Foreign-born athletes to be allowed entry into U.S.
Find out the latest on COVID-19's impact on the sports world and when sports are returning by subscribing to Breaking News push notifications in the Sports and COVID-19 section. Acting U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf signed an order Friday exempting foreign-born professional athletes from being denied entry into the country. "Professional sporting events provide much-needed economic benefits, but equally important, they provide community pride and national unity," Wolf wrote. "In today's environment, Americans need their sports. It's time to reopen the economy and it's time we get our professional athletes back to work.
The US government wants certain foreign professional athletes to enter the United States again. This was announced by the Ministry of Homeland Security on Friday (local time). "Today's Americans need their sport. It's time to reopen the economy and let our professional athletes get to work," Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said.
Wolf signed an order according to which foreign professional athletes, including their essential support staff and their relatives, may enter the USA despite the applicable corona restrictions. This applies to athletes from the MLB baseball league, the NHL ice hockey league, the NBA and WNBA basketball leagues, and to tennis and golf professionals.
Professional sporting events would bring the much-needed economic benefits, but would also strengthen "the pride of society and national unity," said Wolf.
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