Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadaphora said – there is no compromise on the health of the players, so the matches were canceled
The city of Lombardy and Veneto closed completely after the death of two Coronavirus-infected patients from China.
Dainik BhaskarFeb 23, 2020, 05:32 PM IST Rome. The Italian government on Sunday canceled 3 matches of the Football League Serie-A following the death of two Coronavirus-infected people from China. The matches were to take place in the northern cities of Lombardy and Veneto. The Sports Ministry has decided not to hold matches between Inter Milan-Sampdoria, Atlante-Sasuolo and Helas Verona-Cagliari. However, matches played in Turin, Genoa and Rome will be according to the scheduled schedule.
Earlier, on Saturday, a dozen cities in northern Italy had to be shutdown (closed) after the deaths of two coronavirus-infected people. Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadaphora wrote a letter late Saturday night to Giovanni Malago, the chairman of the Italian Olympic Committee. In it, he said that the government is making every effort to deal with coronavirus. It also includes the cancellation of sporting events. The government has made it clear that it cannot compromise the health of the players.
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Spadaphora said that in view of the increasing cases of coronaviruses, the cabinet has decided to take extra precautions. "At the behest of the government, I am asking for the cancellation of all sports competitions for the time being," he said. The games, especially in the northern cities of Lombardy and Veneto, will not be contested. Schools, restaurants and all kinds of cultural events have been canceled here. "In addition, the Mayor of Milan, Italy's business capital, has decided to shut down government offices.
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Earlier, matches between Escoli-Crimonies in the Football League Serie-B and Piacenza-Sambanedites in the Serie-C were canceled. During the 6-nation rugby competition in Rome, Spadaphora said that a lot of crowd gathers at the sporting event. There is a high probability of coronavirus infection at such places. In such a situation, it is the responsibility of the local administration to adopt measures to prevent this. If the mayor, minister or local president of the area issues any directive, then the sports association will have to accept it.