The minister of Sports stated that”it is too early to say” on the Great Loop. “The current doctrine does not require or its postponement, or cancellation, nor her outfit, she explained to franceinfo.The Sports minister Roxana Maracineanu during a press conference, on march 9, 2020. (MARTIN BUREAU / AFP)
The Tour de France, major event for the riders and the French shall begin on the 29 August after having been postponed because of the outbreak of coronavirus. But with the plan of déconfinement progressive announced by the Prime minister, his outfit remains outstanding. For the Tour de France to take place, “it is necessary that the riders manage to ride in a group, for the moment, this is not the case” with the social distancing imposed, has explained the minister of Sports, Roxanna Maracineanu, Wednesday, April 29, on franceinfo.
franceinfo : The Tour de France will take place ?
Roxanna Maracineanu : Jecrois that the news which was announced on Tuesday, that is to say, the possible exit of the athletes to begin their training, has welcomed the cyclists that they were not expecting to actually be able to get off of their “home trainer” and be able to return to a real bike to go more than a kilometre around the home. Them, already, they will be able to resume training. Once again, for the Tour de France to take place, there are certain conditions that must be met, a certain number of qualifying competitions that must take place probably in the month of August, since the month of July, this is not possible. And then before, it is necessary that they get to ride in a group. So, for the moment, this is not the case.
The distancing imposed on the rest of society applies to cyclists also.Roxanna Maracineanu, minister of Sportsà franceinfo
And today, there are all these uncertainties to lift that hold and finally to the progression of the pandemic in the company. Now, it is too early to say. The current doctrine does not require or its postponement, or cancellation, or her outfit. The only figure that has been given, it is that the Prime minister has indicated that there will be no large gatherings, or cultural, or sporting over 5 000 people before September. But he did not say that large gatherings below 5 000 persons will be allowed.
Therefore, it is not sure that it can be held on the dates mentioned ?
We keep all hope, of course. Me, I am aware, that it is essential for the survival of many professional teams, and for the continuation of the career of a lot of our cycling champions. And, of course, we will do all the work necessary for this to go in this direction. But, it is the evolution of the pandemic that is going to decide. We have now to remain exemplary, as was the case with our sport, with the sport movement and with those who express themselves publicly so that we can give the example to the rest of the population, and that, as of the 11th of may, everyone don’t rush to ride her bike, go to parks, and resume leisure activities and social life as before.
The limitations are compatible with the sport ?
Of course, when speaking of these limitations, it touches the very heart of our activity : do not touch, do not gather, do not get together in a group and then have gestures barriers. Of course, this is not sport as we know it, as you like it, but it directly affects the professional sector of the recreation and sport for health, sport that is done by passion. But we need to respect it, because if not, we will never return to how it was before.