Already largely upset in its pre-season, Nanterre 92 sees its preparation further slowed down by a new case of contamination, made public this Thursday.
“Following the detection of a second positive case for COVID-19, we regret to announce that we will not participate in this weekend's tournament,” the club lacically communicated on its Twitter account.
The identity of the player concerned has not yet been revealed.
‼ ️ Nanterre will not participate in the @ESSMbasket tournament‼ ️
Following the detection of a second positive case for COVID-19, we regret to announce that we will not participate in this weekend's tournament.
- Nanterre 92 (@ Nanterre92) September 3, 2020
Three of four postponed preparation matches
On Saturday already, Nanterre had to cancel its friendly match against Boulogne-Levallois, after the suspicion of a positive case in its workforce.
According to our information, the new case concerns the American leader Chris Warren, 31 years old.
The latter was to be tested again at the beginning of this week "as part of the health prevention protocol jointly set up by Nanterre 92 and the National Basketball League", with the entire workforce and staff.
If the multiplication of positive cases disrupts the preparation of many teams, all sports combined, the basketball players of Nanterre 92 are particularly affected.
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Three of the Jeep Elite resident's four pre-season preparation games have been postponed.
The meetings against Évreux and Orléans were canceled due to positive cases among opponents from Nanterre.
Then, the case that arose in its own ranks forced the Hauts-de-Seine club to deprogram its short trip to the Palais des Sports Marcel-Cerdan in Levallois, where he was to face his great rival of the Metropolitans of Boulogne-Levallois on Saturday.
Pascal Donnadieu's players have therefore played only one trial run so far: Wednesday, August 26 against Châlons-Reims, with an 87-71 victory.