Cameron van der Burgh celebrates smashing his own world record in the 50m breastroke in 2015. Picture: EPA
Cameron van der Burgh celebrates smashing his own world record in the 50m breastroke in 2015. Picture: EPA

Coronavirus: List of sportsmen infected with Covid-19

By Sport Reporter Time of article published Mar 23, 2020

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CAPE TOWN – From the NBA to European Football leagues, to Canadian ice-hockey: several high-profile sports-people have in recent times fallen victim to the Coronavirus.

Most of the cases of infected players listed below were reported before authorities across the globe announced whole-scale cancellations and postponements of events, tournaments and leagues across the globe.

Following these mass suspensions, players have been mostly confined to their homes as is the protocol during this pandemic. On a lighter note, this confinement has spawned several social-media challenges like the #stayathomechallenge and social-media posts where players share their training routines while indoors.  

Below is a list of confirmed cases of athletes who have been infected with Covid-19.


Paulo Dybala is an Italy-based Argentinian footballer who announced his diagnosis on Friday March 20.

Kozo Tashima is the head of the Japanese Football Association. He tested positive for the Coronavirus on March 17. Ashima also serves as deputy head of Japan's Olympic Committee.

Deportivo Alaves: The Spanish football club announced 15 positive coronavirus cases - three senior (first team) players from the first team, as well as seven coaching staff members. 

Blaise Matuidi is a midfielder with The Juventus and a World Cup winner with France in 2018.

Daniele Rugani also plays for Juventus.

Mikel Arteta: The 37-year-old Arsenal manager was the first in England's football Premier League to be diagnosed with the coronavirus - on March 12. 

Callum Hudson-Odoi: On the same day as Mikel Arteta, 19-year-old Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi also announced he was infected. 

Sampdoria: Five players and the team doctor from Italian club Sampdoria have tested positive. 

Dusan Vlahovic is a Serbian striker for Serie A club Fiorentina.

Marouane Fellaini plays in the Chinese Super League (CSL)


Sean Payton: The New Orleans Saints coach announced that he tested positive for the coronavirus on March 19.


Cameron van der Burgh: is the first South African athlete to confirm that he has been infected with Covid-19.

Ice Hockey

Ottawa Senators: A second player has tested positive for the new coronavirus, while the first player was the first first known case in North America's National Hockey League. The players were not identified. 


Rudy Gobert: The Utah Jazz basketball star was also diagnosed with the virus. 

Donovan Mitchell is another Utah Jazz player who also tested positive for COVID-19 on March 12.

Christian Wood is a Detroit Pistons player who tested positive.

Brooklyn Nets: Four players on the Brooklyn Nets basketball team tested positive for the coronavirus on March 17.

Marcus Smart: The Boston Celtics guard tested positive.

Kevin Durant: On March 17, the Brooklyn Nets announced that four of their players – including Durant - had tested positive for the coronavirus. The club did not name the other three.


Fernando Gaviria is a Colombian cyclist who confirmed on March 12 that he contracted the coronavirus while racing during an event in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Dmitry Strakhov was the second cyclist at the UAE Tour to have been diagnosed with the virus.

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