Optimistic outlook for Roland-Garros and the Tour de France – fr

Optimistic outlook for Roland-Garros and the Tour de France – fr

French Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu has expressed optimism about the prospects for major events in the country this summer, including the French Tennis Open and the Tour de France.

But she also issued a warning, pointing out that late changes are still possible.

President Emmanuel Macron said last week that fans would be allowed to gradually return to the arenas, with up to 5,000 spectators on the main showcourts by the end of Roland-Garros, which takes place between May 30 and May 30. June 13, when most restrictions should be lifted shortly after the start of the Tour de France which runs from June 27 to July 19.

“Today we’re pretty much on a positive outlook with a booming vaccination campaign, with the ability for many people to do a lot of PCR testing and greater integration of social distancing,” Maracineanu told Reuters .

More than 16 million people in France have received at least one vaccine against Covid-19 and all adults will be eligible for vaccination on June 15.

Court Philippe-Chatrier at Roland Garros

Screening for Covid-19 symptoms is free for everyone in the country.

From 19 May, up to 1,000 supporters will be allowed in sports stadiums, with the limit to be raised to 5,000 on 9 June.

But Maracineanu said the government could reverse these measures to ease restrictions if the health situation deteriorates.

“Something that can be decided today can change a week before the event, or two days before the event, depending on how the health crisis evolves,” she said.

“If we offer this visibility to the participants and the organizers today, they know that this visibility can be modified according to the evolution of the transmission of the virus. “

Maracineanu added that the organizers and the Sports Ministry were still fine-tuning the health protocols for the athletes involved.

French Minister of Sports Roxana Maracineanu during the 2020 Roland-Garros women’s singles final

“I hope that there will be no last minute changes (in the health situation) and that we can work on these protocols well in advance to know where we are,” she explained. .

“We have been working on this for two months with the organizers of Roland-Garros, and we are now starting with the organizers of the Tour. “

All French athletes and staff participating in the Tokyo Olympic Games will be fully vaccinated when the Games begin on July 23.

“We have also included in the campaign athletes who can qualify but have not yet completed their qualification. We owe Japan to send a majority of vaccinated athletes, ”she said, adding that the vaccination was optional.


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