As of Monday 22 June, the clubs will have “the opportunity to train as a team and do a few friendly matches upstream,” said Roxana Maracineanu, the minister of Sports, invited Saturday, June 20, on franceinfo.The soccer players of the OL to participate in a training session, on June 10, 2020 to Décines-Charpieu (Rhône). (JEFF PACHOUD / AFP)
“This new stage heralds the return of a team sport”, commented on Saturday 20 June on franceinfo the Sports minister Roxana Maracineanu, so that the resumption of sports activities actions group is allowed from Monday 22 June, “with appropriate prevention actions” against the epidemic of coronavirus.
“For the professional world, it was very expected”, believes Roxana Maracineanu. The clubs will therefore have “the opportunity to train as a team and do a few friendly matches upstream”. The minister emphasized that this is an important step for high-level sport, “across all sports, including combat sports” that will be able to “get back to fight together, to be in contact”. Combat sports are prohibited for amateurs.
franceinfo : What are the sports that will be allowed from Monday, June 22,?
Roxana Maracineanu : This new stage heralds the return to a team sport. Of course, for the professional world, it was very expected because the athletes were allowed to resume, but by small groups. The fact that they can use the tests to get back now as a team and be able to play in the collective also announced a possible return to the competition, with a resumption of the championship at the end of August for the football, for example. Therefore, the possibility of being able to train already in a team and do a few friendly matches upstream. For top-level athletes, it is also important across all sports, including combat sports, since through the use of testing, they will be able to get back to fight together, to be in contact. The only restriction remains for combat sports lovers. Because today, there are tests that are possible, but they are expensive and are not accessible without a medical prescription. And the prescription is only possible if the person has symptoms.
When can you contemplate a return to normal for the clubs of combat sports fans ? In September, for example ?
Yes, there is a deadline. Now there are two other steps planned to mid-July. And then in the month of August and of course September. It is necessary to see the evolution of the epidemic in France. Today, combat sports fans are mainly used in the fitness rooms, and these rooms could re-open. They are now able to offer sanitary protocols that are reassuring for the users.
This new measure will allow also to include all those activities of fitness, combat room, individually, and gradually, perhaps in a duet or in a combat classic.Roxana Maracineanu, minister of Sportssur franceinfo
For the associations of leisure, a lot of them and many of these federations are off for the summer. However, we encourage all sports associations to participate in all the mechanisms put in place by communities and the State under the brand “Vacation learning”. And it is clear that some of these combat sports could be brought to be offered to the young people who participate in these courses. But for now, this will be done individually. It still awaits a drop of the circulation of the virus in France to be able to put two people who do not know, who have not been tested, contact to practice this combat sport.
The prime minister speaks of prevention measures adapted for the recovery. What does this mean exactly ?
The health protocol has been proposed. Alternative practices for these contact sports are on the table, and are already possible in these associations. The associations, the clubs can offer this kind of alternative practices. They are already doing. The key here is to offer a life membership to the association, because we know very well that it is necessary to prepare the comeback right now. But there are also many associations and sports which are put for the time being to stop doing, because it is summer and that the associations do not work in the summer. But I would like to reassure these sports. There is no long-term ban of these sports, obviously. It is simply the continuity of sanitary measures and the precautionary measures that we take up to see an even higher decrease of the epidemic curve in France.
The reopening of the stadiums and racetracks to the public is scheduled for 11 July, with a gauge of up to 5 000 people. How it will organize to the level of sanitary measures?
The figure is 5 000 people in a stadium. We will continue to work on this number. The proposals we go back to the part of event organizers, associations of supporters that we have associated with this reflection, on the part also of the professional clubs which have put in place protocols, which follow the course user from the home fans until the arrival in the stadium, so as to ensure that a competition that brings together the world, does not pose problems in terms of flows in transport. Of people who are all together in the same place, which circulate in the same means of transport and coming around a stage at the same time, it is sure that it will be an issue, even at a gauge of 5 000.
What we want is that the organizers we offer the arrivals staggered, animations in the stadium to be able to take care of the spectators who will be there for that 5 000 people are not the same door at the same time.Roxana Maracineanu, minister of Sportssur franceinfo
But all these managers of facilities and organisers of competitions, are the professionals of the management of flows. For the moment, we have all the prospects of championship football, recovery, rugby in the month of September, for the resumption of competitions of cycling, and tennis, which are now on the table. And we work with all of these event organizers to be able to give them the necessary visibility, with a tonnage of 5,000, but also with a gauge is more important because you will need to take into account the clause of revoyure to 11 July and then in August.