Official: Govt gives all-clear to Serie A training

The Italian Government has given the all-clear for training to resume in centres from Monday, after several regions opened up their gates.

The original decree had differentiated between athletes in team sports and those with individual disciplines, such as tennis or athletics, even if the form of exercise was identical.

With some regional assemblies opening up the training centres from May 4 rather than waiting until May 18, the Government accepted it was not fair to continue limiting some areas rather than others.

Clubs and the Players’ Association successfully argued their case that it is far safer to run inside a training ground where social distancing can be guaranteed rather than have professional athletes run in a local park.

However, La Repubblica report that the Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte could still pull the plug on the 2019-20 Serie A season on Wednesday, depending on the outcome of the latest meeting.

All 20 clubs voted that they wish to complete the campaign, so it is just about agreeing on the medical protocol.

Serie A hope to rely on the fact the Spanish and German models are similar, with the added bonus that Italy has vast testing capacity, having been the first European country to be struck by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Italy is also starting a wide-ranging study with 150,000 blood tests around the country to identify how many people developed antibodies and therefore had the coronavirus, perhaps without any symptoms.

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