THE Government today approved the opening of sports activities that were still closed as a result of the restrictions imposed due to the pandemic of Covid-19, confirming the competitive recovery of collective Pavilion, without the presence of a public.
“They open sports activities that were still closed and specific rules are defined for physical and sports activities – the practice of physical and sports activities, in the context of training and in a competitive context, can be carried out without an audience”, summarizes the statement of the Council of Ministers.
The resolution taken during today's meeting meets the expectations expressed last week by the Secretary of State for Youth and Sports, João Paulo Rebelo, who had shown confidence in the return to competition of the collective pavilion modalities as early as August.
The total lack of definition in the sector will be dependent on compliance with health rules that will be defined by the Directorate-General for Health (DGS), as happened with the resumption of outdoor sports and competitions in individual sports.
National competitions in the main indoor sports – handball, basketball, roller hockey and volleyball – were canceled on April 29, in a drastic decision motivated by the covid-19 pandemic, which was announced by the four federations in a joint statement.
The cancellation left the championships of those pavilion sports – which had been suspended since March 11 and 12 – without champions or teams relegated, following the outcome decided by the Portuguese Football Federation for futsal, on April 8.
The four federations have maintained contacts with the DGS and the Secretariat of State for Youth and Sports, with a view to approving a protocol – jointly prepared by presidents, technical directors and federative doctors – for the resumption of competitions, similarly to what happened with football.
The conclusion of the I Liga and the realization of the final of the Portuguese football cup, which will be played on Saturday between Benfica and FC Porto, were the only exceptions to the general impediment to the conclusion of the 2019/20 season's competitions, decided by Government within the scope of the deconfination plan.
The covid-19 pandemic has already claimed more than 667,000 deaths and infected more than 17 million people in 196 countries and territories, according to a report by the French agency AFP.
In Portugal, 1,727 of the 50,868 people confirmed to be infected died, according to the most recent DGS bulletin.