Subbuteo players defy Coronavirus in Singapore tournament

Intrepid Subbuteo players in Singapore defied the Coronavirus to compete in a 12-man tournament this month.

The players, who brought their best hygiene practices to the table to play the game, gathered on 2 February in Singapore despite the spread of the Coronavirus in the country.

The WASPA tournament went without a hitch and organisers said: ” On 2 Feb 2020, 12 players came, flicked, shoot & score to overcome the fear of being outdoors during this current epidemic.

“All the players were in upbeat mood with all continuing their good personal hygiene habits during play to avoid the spread of any undesired illness. All in all, we enjoyed our matches without any hiccups or problems. “

WASPA, the World Amateur Subbuteo Players Association, is an alternative to the more professional table-top game. It allows groups and players to play in tournaments in a more relaxed style but also tracks results to create local and world leaderboards.

People who organise tournaments of three players or more can get WASPA approved and join the association.

Novel Coronovirus has been hitting headlines across the world as the number of cases increase.

Singapore has 45 confirmed cases of the virus and three clusters of locally transmitted cases. However, it has recently reported the first recovery from the virus in the country.

To prevent spread of the virus Subbuteo players would have to wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based sanitizer.

Stephen Hurrell
Stephen Hurrell
Stephen is the founder and editor of The Hobby Online and The Hobby by Subbuteo.Online print magazine. He is a giant nerd and specialises in Subbuteo, retro football kits and consumer stories. A journalist and editor of 15 years, he has written about football for some of the UK's biggest publications.

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