Door closed for all Italian sport until next April 3 because of the coronavirus
The Milan-San Remo, the Strade Bianche and the Tyrrhenian-Adriatic will not be played on the scheduled date and the Serie A matches will be played behind closed doors
The Italian Government approved on Wednesday a decree in which, as regards sport, it is ordered that all competitions must be disputed behind closed doors until April 3, 2020, in the field of security measures for the outbreak of the coronavirus, which already causes 107 dead and more than 2,700 affected in the country. This measure will allow to continue with the celebration of Serie A football, although without the possibility of gathering spectators in the stadiums, after four games of the twenty-fifth day and six of the twenty-sixth were postponed because of the alert for the coronavirus .
This decision does not obtain, not only affects the football world but has also affected sports such as cycling. If less than an hour ago The International Cycling Union (UCI) announced that everything would be held normally, now it has been decided, in addition to the closing of the stadiums in Serie A, what The Milan-San Remo, the Strade Bianche and the Tyrrhenian-Adriatic They will not be played on the scheduled date.
"Sports events and competitions of all kinds are suspended and disciplines, which are held in all places, both public and private, ”explained the Italian Sports Minister, Vincenzo Spadafora, in statements collected by the Gazzetta dello Sport. "In all these cases, associations and sports clubs, through their medical staff, must carry out the appropriate checks to contain the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus among athletes, technicians, coaches and all the people who accompany it", he added, to a degree that includes the mythical cycling race.
The last time a classic was not celebrated was 75 years ago with the Milan-San Remo, which in this edition was scheduled for March 21. In addition to the Milan-San Remo, two other races of great potential in the calendar and headquarters in Italy, such as the Strade Bianche and the Tyrrhenian-Adriatic were also suspended no scheduled date after the statements of Minister Spadafora.