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Round-Up: EPL encourages fans to stay away, digital passports for stadiums, US Open green light, Super Rugby’s NZ viewing figures, and more

SUWON, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 19: Vissel Kobe fans are tested for signs of the coronavirus ahead of the AFC Champions League Group G match betwe(Photo by Han Myung-Gu/Getty Images)

English Premier League chief executive Richard Masters has encouraged fans to stay away from stadiums, as the league prepares to resume play today. The league has announced extensive rules to minimise the chances of matches causing Covid-19 spread. Masters has also backed the move by teams to put the ‘Black Lives Matter’ slogan on players’ shirts – Reuters, AFP, Channel News Asia

Digital health passports could help get fans back into stadiums, according to the company carrying out Covid-19 tests for the Premier League, Prenetics, also known as CircleDNA. The company has tested 8,687 Premier League players and staff for the virus ahead of the league’s return to action – Channel News Asia/Reuters

The Association of National Olympic Committees General Assembly scheduled for November 25-26 this year in Seoul, will instead take place on October 26-27 next year in the South Korean capital – Yonhap

Pay-television broadcaster Sky New Zealand revealed that a combined 750,000 New Zealanders watched the Highlanders v Chiefs and Blues v Hurricanes games in Super Rugby Aotearoa, and the Warriors-Cowboys NRL game in Australia on Friday night – Stuff

The Hong Kong Olympic Committee has promised to be more transparent in its selection of athletes for major games after being accused by the Legislative Council’s Public Accounts Committee of applying double standards when choosing squad members – SCMP

WWE halted its recordings of its weekly Raw and SmackDown programmes this Tuesday after a wrestler tested positive for Covid-19 – Sports Illustrated

Filipino boxer Eumir Marcial is to turn professional this year, but still compete at the Olympics next year, after getting support for the move from the Philippine Sports Commission – Inquirer