The decision to relax social distancing measures as of May 15th is going to produce effects in the world of sports too
The decision to relax social distancing measures as of May 15th is going to produce effects in the world of sports too. Ionut Stroe, the Romanian Minister of Youth and Sport, has spoken in a press conference about the steps that are to be taken towards bringing things back to normal.
Therefore, as of May 15th, athletes are allowed to resume training. During the training period, they will be isolated in training camps. Each club and federation that wishes to start training has to have its own training facilities, equipped with everything necessary. Minister Stroe has also stated that all the athletes that are to resume training once the state of emergency is lifted will have to first stay in home isolation for two weeks.
According to Agerpress news agency, none of Romania's national and Olympic teams has carried out any form of centralized training since mid-March. Back then, the Ministry of Youth and Sport sent a notification to all the national sports centers, calling on the athletes to leave the facilities against the background of the Covid-19 pandemic.
As regards competitions, their resumption will very much depend on the evolution of Covid-19. The rules regarding competitions are to be announced by the line ministry in the coming period.
The president of the Romanian Canoe Federation Elisabeta Lipa, was among the first to hail the decision. In the past two months, the members of the national teams have been training at home, under the strict supervision of their coaches. After May 15th, they will start training again at the Snagov National Sports Compound. Mention should be made of the fact that seven Romanian crews have already qualified for the Olympic Games in Tokyo. (M. Ignatescu)