The Youth and Sports Ministry in Bucharest on Thursday recommended the national sports federations to ban all competitions and suspend athletes’ trips abroad, to international competitions or training stages. The decision is part of a measures package aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19.
The Romanian Football Federation has ruled the suspension of all competitions until March 31. According to a press release posted on the Federation’s webpage: “The Romanian Football Federation believes it is its responsibility to protect the family of the Romanian football and take an active part in the measures the Romanian government and the international authorities have recommended for the protection of public health. Therefore, at a meeting venued by the House of Football today, and as a result of the consultations we had with the affiliated members, the management of the Romanian Football Federation, through an Emergency Committee, has decided to suspend all football competitions, male or female, as well as the futsal competitions staged in Romania.”
At a meeting scheduled on March 17, the UEFA is yet to decide if it will postpone this coming summer’s European Championship, against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic. The final tournament is scheduled in Romania and 11 other countries, over June 12 – July 12.
The rugby match pitting Romania and Belgium was also postponed. It was scheduled in Botosani, in the north, this coming Saturday. The fixture counted towards the last round of Rugby Europe Championship 2020. After five rounds, Romania is at the bottom of the table among the European rugby’s second-tier teams. Romania’s record so far includes one win and three defeats. (translation by E. Nasta)