October 19, 2020 - The GLORY 76 event, which was scheduled for November 7, is being postponed. Today it was announced that Badr Hari has tested positive for the coronavirus. Hari was to face Benjamin Adegbuyi in the headliner of the event.
In the interest of Hari's own health and the health of the other fighters and accompanying staff, GLORY will postpone the event until further notice. Hari is currently in home quarantine and is recovering well given the circumstances. GLORY gives him the time to fully recover and then resume his training schedule towards the fight. In addition, following the recommended safety rules, one of Hari’s training partners who is participating in the 4-man tournament - Antonio Plazibat - must now quarantine.
Scott Rudmann, Executive Vice Chairman of GLORY: “It is very disappointing because Badr, his trainers and his environment have done everything to prevent contamination. He was in full training on his way to the ring. However, his health and recovery are most important.
Rudmann continues: “In addition to that, last week the Dutch government announced that all sporting competitions in the Netherlands except for professional football are being shut down. Hence, to travel to another country for the GLORY 76 event presents additional logistical risks for athletes and their teams that must be managed carefully – and we will do so.”
“We absolutely can not risk the health of any of 14 athletes and their teams who would be participating in the event, nor the GLORY staff that would produce the event. This is why we made the decision to postpone.”
“We recommend strongly to all our athletes to keep taking the safety precautions around Covid-19 seriously and take extra care as they prepare themselves for their match. Respect the rules and quarantine. We will announce a new date as soon as we can.”
Badr Hari feels supported by his environment: “This is such a shame, also for GLORY and for the other fighters. And certainly also for all fans who are looking forward to this event. I feel their support, they strengthen my recovery. Good health is and remains the most important thing there is. Despite the fact that we strictly complied with the measures, this still happened. That just goes to show how seriously we have to take the virus.”