Minister: ‘Confirm May 4 date soon’

Minister for Sport Vincenzo Spadafora said they “hope to confirm the May 4 date for a return to training as soon as possible,” with Serie A aiming to resume by the end of May.

The latest government lockdown order expires on May 3 and it’s widely believed Italy will then enter Phase Two of the coronavirus pandemic response.

This will include a loosening of restrictions and athletes will be allowed to resume training.

“The next few weeks will be fundamental to understand the evolution of the healthcare situation and how, if and when we can get back to playing sporting at all levels,” said Spadafora this evening.

“We hope to confirm the May 4 date for a return to training as soon as possible. I hope we can keep to that date, even if it is only for training behind closed doors.

“At this moment, our only concern must be the health and safety of the general population.”

There have been over 22,000 deaths in Italy from COVID-19 and its comorbidity effects, but the last week has seen a significant drop in the number of deaths, new cases and intensive care admissions.

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