Handball: Current season permanently halted, champions announced

The decision to discontinue the men’s and women’s handball leagues in Poland, has led to PGE Vive Kielce and MKS Perła Lublin being crowned the new Polish champions.

“Due to the current situation with the outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and the state of the epidemic in Poland, the League Commissioner, along with the board of Superliga Ltd., responsible for conducting PGNiG Superliga and PGNiG Women Superliga, decided to end the competition of the season 2019/2020,” the official statement reads.

The final classification of both leagues will be based on the points won up until March 12, 2020.

“Health is the priority, in the interest of players, supporters, media representatives and all those who work at the organisation of the matches, we have discontinued the competitions. We realise that completing them would be extremely difficult, or even impossible... We believe that next season we will all return stronger,” Marek Janicki, the head of Superliga Ltd. commented on the situation.

The women’s champions are MKS Perła Lublin, who gathered 53 points. The runner-up is Metraco Zagłębie Lubin (49 pts), followed by KPR Gminy Kobierzyce (39 pts) in third.

In the men’s game, the champions are PGE Vive Kielce with a total of 72 points, followed by Orlen Wisła Płock (69) in second and then NMC Górnik Zabrze (57).

There will not be relegations from both leagues. “All eight teams from the women’s league and fourteen from men’s fulfilled the criteria required to participate in season 2020/2021,” Superliga reported.

This is not the first sports league in Poland to discontinue their season because of the coronavirus. Earlier in March, the Polish Hockey League announced that the competition had concluded. GKS Tychy retained their league title.

The men’s basketball champion of Poland is also known, as the decision to end Energa Basket Liga was made on March 18. The winner of the league is Stelmen Enea BC Zielona Góra. In the women’s version, the champions are Arka Gdynia.

The football leagues are still on hold, there will not be any matches until at least April 26. Competitive volleyball has been suspended until the further notice

As of Monday afternoon, a total of 684 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in Poland, including eight fatalities.