The NBA basketball league has signed a multi-year agreement with public health and disinfection company Clorox to promote health and safety at games amid the ongoing risks posed by COVID-19.

As the official cleaning partner of the NBA and WNBA, Clorox will supply disinfecting products to games and events. The agreement began yesterday (Sunday) with the NBA All-Star Game in Atlanta.

The announcement builds on a previous collaboration between the two leagues and Clorox during the NBA’s 2019-20 restart and the 2020 WNBA campaign. Clorox worked with both leagues to supply disinfecting products to help create a cleaner and safer environment for players, referees and staff.

“Clorox is committed to helping people feel confident outside of the home as we get back to the activities we all know and love,” Heath Rigsby, vice-president of out of home at The Clorox Company, said.

“We’re proud to continue our work with the NBA using our expertise in disinfection to help create a cleaner and safer experience for everyone from fans to arena staff to players, now and into the future.”

Kelly Flatow, NBA executive vice-president of global events, added: “Clorox was instrumental in our mission to create cleaner and safer environments for everyone on the NBA and WNBA campuses in Florida last summer.

“We are grateful to Clorox for becoming the official cleaning partner of the NBA and WNBA and look forward to continuing our work and shared commitment to enhancing health and safety measures throughout the NBA and the WNBA in the years ahead.”

Meanwhile, Beijing’s Bird’s Nest Stadium is using robots to disinfect the venue through a partnership with Shanghai Titan Robot.

The SportsMoney.cn website reports that the technology will utilise a number of disinfection and air filtration techniques to ensure the stadium is clean for guests. The partnership will eliminate the need for manual cleaning operations.

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