One of the "participants" of the ONE Esports Singapore Major has reportedly contracted coronavirus on his way to the tournament. According to a report by The Straits Times, one of Singapore's major news outlets, this person had tested negative before he flew over from Romania for the Singapore Major. However, he received a positive test result upon arrival in Singapore resulting in him being isolated and taken to the hospital. His close contacts have also been placed in quarantine.
Singapore Major Staff Tests Positive for Coronavirus
After the ONE Esports Singapore Major finally kicked off earlier on Saturday, giving Dota 2 fans their first glimpse of DPC LANs in well over a year, it was reported that a 28-year old American had tested positive for the dreaded virus. Identified only as Case 61186, the person arrived in Singapore on Friday as part of an e-sports event crew.
Although the name of the person wasn't revealed, we can deduce that this person was not a player competing at the event. The only two American players competing at the tournament are Quinn and SVG. Neither player is 28 years old and neither has yet flown into the Singapore Major. Considering the fact that the American flew in from Romania (The location of PGL and its studios) it leads us to believe that it was either a talent or a production staff that has tested positive for this virus.
A representative of ONE Esports made a comment about this situation to AFK Gaming, stating:
“A participant of the ONE Esports Dota 2 Singapore Major from Romania tested positive for COVID-19 upon arrival in Singapore on 23 March 2021. He had tested negative for COVID-19 before departure for Singapore. As part of the stringent protocols for foreign athletes and crew taking part in the event, he was placed in isolation upon arrival and was conveyed to a hospital to undergo treatment after testing positive for COVID-19. Close contacts were identified and are currently serving their quarantine in a dedicated facility.
The health and safety of the players, talent and all who are involved in this closed-door tournament, including the wider community, is of utmost importance to us. This case was detected through the screening protocols and stringent measures that were put in place to safeguard the health of our local community as well as the event participants.
In line with ONE’s protocol and the Singapore Government’s regulations, all foreign players are required to undergo COVID-19 tests, including before departure and upon arrival in Singapore. They must then be isolated until they receive a negative test result, which can take up to 48 hours. After which, players will need to follow a strictly-controlled itinerary that has been pre-approved. Eliminated teams will also be required to return to their home countries immediately to minimise interactions.”
Even before the tournament kicked off several players and teams had been hurdled by pandemic concerns and travel/quarantine regulations heading into the first Major of the 2021 DPC season. Na’Vi and beastcoast are the two teams that will not be playing at the Singapore Major. T1’s Kuku, Neon Esports’ Natsumi-, Quincy Crew’s MSS, and Nigma’s MinD_ContRoL are the players who have been confirmed to be missing the tournament. Commentator Fogged is also skipping this tournament after suspicions of being exposed to the coronavirus.
Considering the fact that the players and talent are put under mandatory quarantine for 48 hours and are then restricted from interacting with anyone else except for their own teams, the event will likely continue without any further hitches. However, it has certainly put a damper on the kick-off of the much-awaited Singapore Major.
The ONE Esports Singapore Major features a total of $500,000 USD in prize money and 2,700 DPC points that will be split among the top eight teams only. The Major champions will be taking home a sum of $200,000 and 500 points.