Coronavirus in Italy: All Sporting Activities Suspended In March
In a recent update on coronavirus, Italy has suspended all sports in the country, till at least April 3. The Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte announced the news as the country battles a growing number of cases of the new coronavirus (COVID-19). Needless to say, this news also means that the Serie A, the country’s top-flight soccer league, will also get suspended. Moreover, two Europa League sides, Roma and Sevilla, will now face each other behind closed doors.
Coronavirus Fear: Italy Suspends Sports
What clearly looks to be a crisis, Italy’s sports minister also accused Serie A of acting irresponsibly in the coronavirus outbreak. Minister Vincenzo Spadafora said that it made no sense for the league to continue its matches. Over 16 million people are under quarantine in northern Italy to contain coronavirus. Therefore, the weekend’s games all took place in empty stadiums. Look at this match highlights between the Italian side Juventus and Inter:
While sports in Italy have come to a pause, it seems that France is also considering a similar option. The fear of coronavirus in Italy ripples through all of Europe. The French sports ministry is also considering to play its soccer league, Ligue 1, behind closed doors. The authorities will not allow more than 1000 supporters inside the stadium to limit the spread of coronavirus.
The situation in Italy is worrying
Italy’s decision to suspend sports due to coronavirus comes after a meeting with the Italian Olympic committee. Italy has become one of the countries worst hit by the coronavirus. With over 9000 confirmed cases and over 450 deaths, the country ranks just behind China itself. The Chinese have over 80,000 registered cases, with over 3000 dead till now.
While sports in Italy have paused, for now, the league teams for any sporting formats can continue to play games against any other country. The country has permitted to allow international games for its sports teams. Only the matches taking place inside the country are facing suspension.