The Portuguese rugby championship 2020/2021 is due to start on September 26, the Federation (FPR) announced today, after the approval by the Council of Ministers of the “opening of sports activities that were still closed” due to the covid-19 pandemic. .
The competition must be resumed “without an audience”, according to the “Government guidelines”, according to which “the FPR foresees the start of the championship on September 26th”, explains the body that oversees the sport in Portugal in a note sent to Lusa agency.
In this sense, FPR has also carried out the draw for the Honor Division and the 1st Division, the main competitive levels of the sport in Portugal, and defined the groups for the qualification phase of the main level.
Belenenses, Académica, São Miguel and Cascais dispute Group A, while CR Arcos de Valdevez, Técnico, CDUL and CDUP face each other in Group B and Benfica, Direito, Montemor and Agronomia discuss Group C.
The top two in each group, played in the format of all against all with two laps, go on to the Title Group, while the last two in each group will discuss the division down.
The 'surprise' in the information provided by the FPR is related to the inclusion of São Miguel in the main national competitive scale and the absence of Lousã, after the body has approved the cancellation of all competitions without attributing titles or ascending or descending. of division due to the covid-19 pandemic.
FPR source explained to Lusa that the Beira, who occupied the last place in the 'Descent Group' when the championship was interrupted, communicated to the organization their intention not to compete in the main echelon and that the Lisboners, who were leading the second echelon at the time of the interruption, accepted the invitation to fill the vacancy left open.
The Portuguese rugby championship was interrupted due to the covid-19 pandemic, when four rounds of the 'Title Group' were missing and Belenenses led the competition ahead of Técnico, Direito e Agronomia, the teams that occupied the remaining places of access to the semi-finals.
The FPR, which had provisionally suspended all competitions on March 11, definitively canceled, on April 10, the training and women's ranks, leaving open the possibility of concluding only the national championships of senior men.
This possibility ended up being neglected on June 2, when the organization decided to cancel all national senior championships without awarding titles or dividing up and down.
After the World Health Organization declared a pandemic in March, several sports competitions were postponed or even canceled.
Recently, the governments of several countries in the world have allowed the resumption of sports calendars, although with restrictive measures to prevent the spread of the disease, such as holding meetings behind closed doors.
Portugal accounts for at least 1,727 deaths associated with covid-19 in 50,868 confirmed cases of infection, according to the latest bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health (DGS).