Hoffenheim's squad in COVID-19 quarantine

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The entire squad of German Bundesliga team Hoffenheim has been placed in quarantine due to a coronavirus outbreak at the club as the pandemic continues to wreak havoc in world sport.

Next month's wrestling world championships have been cancelled because of travel restrictions during the pandemic while Norway's friendly soccer match against Israel on Wednesday was also called off because of the risks of players contracting COVID-19.

Hoffenheim acted following new tests on Wednesday, which showed midfielder Sebastian Rudy, forward Ishak Belfodil and a member of the coaching staff to be positive for the virus.

The news also forced goalkeeper Oliver Baumann to leave the German national team squad before Wednesday's friendly against the Czech Republic and two Nations League games.

Already at the weekend Jacob Bruun Larsen and a staff member were isolated, while on Tuesday Denmark's Robert Skov and Munas Dabbur, of Israel, also tested positive while on international duty with their national teams.

"We cannot explain the increasing numbers," sporting director Alexander Rosen said.

"For months we have meticulously and conscientiously adhered to the hygiene concept. So we've made it through the pandemic without a single positive case for months, this hits us hard."

The coaches of Sweden, Janne Andersson, and Hungary, Marco Rossi, have tested positive for the virus before their teams' important forthcoming fixtures.

Sweden play Nations League games against Croatia and France next week but Andersson, who had been in quarantine since last week when a family member tested positive, himself returned a positive test on Tuesday.

Rossi is isolating from Hungary's players and staff before they host Iceland in Budapest on Thursday for a place in next year's Euro 2020.

Among other sports luminaries who have tested positive for the virus are Formula One team Williams' acting principal Simon Roberts, who will miss this weekend's Turkish Grand Prix.

Belgium goalkeeper Thomas Kaminski has left his team's national squad ahead of a friendly against Switzerland after his positive test.

Sweden's three-time Olympic champion cross-country skier Charlotte Kalla has also been confirmed as having the virus. After feeling symptoms on Monday, she has self-isolated.