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Coronavirus alters sports calendars and threatens Games (Toni Padilla)

“Our brand of sportswear has not given us masks as a whole,” Real Madrid basketball coach Pablo Laso said jokingly, when arriving in Milan, to play the Euroleague match. basketball against Armani Jeans, a game that was played without an audience. Safety measures to stop the coronavirus are conditioning more and more sporting events. The Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, announced that sporting events in Spain against clubs from risky areas will be held behind closed doors, which affects the Valencia Basket – Milan Olympic Games in the Euroleague Basketball on Thursday, Valencia. -Atalanta of the Champions League on March 10, the Getafe-Inter of the Europa League and Uni Girona – Venice on March 19.

One of the risks is to see how the Olympic calendar is altered. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) ‘s executive board yesterday pledged its commitment to the Tokyo Summer Olympics, scheduled for July 24 and August 9, although Japan has been affected by this disease until point that the football league was suspended after the first day. After hearing a report on steps taken so far to address the Covid-19 situation, the IOC announced that it supported the measures being taken, “which are an important part of Tokyo’s plans to host some. Safe games. ” It is further contended that it will continue to follow the advice of the WHO “as a leading United Nations agency in this regard.” The event’s organizing committee encourages athletes to continue preparing for the event, although it does work in scenarios where spectators would not be allowed to travel in specific areas. In addition, Seiko Hashimoto, the head of the Games, admitted that the contract signed with the IOC includes a possibility to postpone the appointment until the end of the year.

The Euro, in danger

The IOC’s same fear of postponing or running out of the Games, which is a huge loss of money on investment, affects UEFA. This year it also plays the Eurocup, another tournament that is in danger. The UEFA conference in Amsterdam yesterday was marked by fear of suspension or postponement of the tournament. President Aleksander Ceferin was uncomfortable with repeated questions about the topic, saying that they would try to “be optimistic and not think about the darkest scenarios.” One of the risks is the movement of thousands of people who will lead the tournament, because, unlike other editions, Euro 2020 will be held in twelve different cities. Italy, the country most affected by the coronavirus so far in Europe, is headquartered at the Olympic Stadium in Rome. 86% of the money that UEFA earns comes from this revenue, as Ceferin recalled yesterday, which will try to defend the holding of the event.

The attitude of UEFA contrasts with the measures taken by some football federations, such as Switzerland, which has postponed all matches until March 15. In Italy, a committee of experts delivered a report commissioned by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte yesterday, recommending that no sporting events be held throughout this March. At the moment, this measure has not taken effect and yesterday there were Second Division football games, in addition to the match between Armani Jeans and Real Madrid basketball. Football matches in high-risk areas, including the last-day star match between Juve and Inter, have been postponed and have not yet been announced. In addition, Inter Milan played last week’s European game against Ludogorets Razgrad without a public eye.

The engine, affected

The alarm for the Covid-19 has altered the plans for the start of the Motorcycle World Cup, which has canceled the MotoGP race of the Qatar Grand Prix scheduled for this Sunday, March 8. Instead, the Moto2 and Moto3 categories races will take place, as the logistics team had already landed in Qatar for days. In addition, the second round of the championship, in Thailand, from March 20 to 22, has been postponed, as well as the Superbike World Championship in Doha, set for March 15. The Chinese Formula 1 Grand Prix on April 19 has also been postponed, as has been the case with various tennis championships in China or other sports events in South Korea.

In the UAE, health authorities have reported six new cases of coronaviruses – two Russians, two Italians, one German and one Colombian – among the cyclists who took part in the Abu Dhabi Tour a few weeks ago, canceled trial. when it was discovered that two members of the UAE Team Emirates technical team had tested positive for COVID-19.


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