“All sports activities that promote contact, group and closeness are still suspended”

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In a virtual meeting with leaders of the Costa Rican Football Federation (Fedef Fútbol) and the Union of First Division Football Clubs (UNAFUT), the Minister of Sport, Hernán Solano Venegas, reaffirmed that the Closing Tournament 2020 is still interrupted as part of the guidelines of the Ministry of Health before the national emergency by COVID-19.

“Toda actividad deportiva que propicie contacto, agrupación y cercanía de personas, sigue suspendida”, subrayó el ministro Solano Venegas, indicando que la reanudación de una actividad deportiva estará condicionada cuando la evolución epidemiológica del virus en Costa Rica sea lo suficientemente favorable.

Precisely, this Saturday the Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, indicated that any contact sport represents a transmission in the current situation. “Until we see a trend to decline and we see that there is already a number of people who have been exposed to the virus and that we can resume some activities, it is not advisable to resume contact sports activities,” emphasized the leader.

In this context, Minister Solano Venegas indicated that a deadline cannot be established to assess whether a sports activity can be resumed. “When it will be, we don’t know. The situation is uncertain. The restart will depend when the evolution of the virus is favorable enough and it was determined by the Ministry of Health. No deadlines can be given, “concluded the Minister of Sport.

In the session, the sport’s governing hierarchy in Costa Rica indicated to the leaders that they must have a proposed health protocol to be implemented once the Ministry of Health defines that a sports activity can be carried out behind closed doors and another should occur authorization to some amount of public influx.

In addition, the president of the Fedef Fútbol, Rodolfo Villalobos, representatives of UNAFUT, Fernando Ocampo, Orlando Moreira, Robert Garbanzo and Julián Solano participated in the virtual meeting.

The previous March 17 after a meeting with the sports leadership, the government authorities, it was determined to suspend all activities of national football. “In order to fully comply with the preventive measures to avoid COVID-19 infections,” said Minister Salas at that time.

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