Soccer. CAN 2021 under threat? Meeting Tuesday between the leaders of African football. Sport

African football leaders will hold a videoconference on Tuesday to discuss their options for resuming football on the continent following the long hiatus caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The discussions, led by the president of the African Football Confederation (CAF) Ahmad Ahmad, will focus on the African Cup of Nations (CAN) in 24 countries, which is to be held from January 9 to February 6, 2021 in Cameroon. We sincerely hope that the African Cup of Nations will be held as planned in January and February, said to theAFP the general secretary of CAF, Abdelmounaim Bah.

CAN Qualifications Interrupted

However, the CAN qualifications could not be completed, and one option considered would be to have them complete in October and November. This would cause a further postponement of the start of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup, initially scheduled to start in March and initially postponed to October. These qualifications should not start until 2021, after the CAN.

The African Championship of Nations – which involves national teams made up of players from their home countries – the CAF Champions League and the Confederation Cup should also be mentioned.

These last two competitions, African equivalents of the Champions League and the Europa League, were interrupted in March at the semi-finals. Scenarios for playing these semi-finals and the finals either in August or in September are on the table.

African countries have suffered to varying degrees from the coronavirus pandemic. South Africa is, among all sub-Saharan countries, the one that suffered the most with 131,800 cases including 2,413 deaths according to the latest figures. With the exception of Burundi, all African countries interrupted their competitions in March, as did most of the countries on the planet.

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Tv. The Team proposes to live a season in the intimacy of the Racing Club de Lens.

What a passionate round ball has not dreamed one day to be a little mouse to know the mysteries of a professional football club ? It is this that offers precisely The Team to the viewers with its series, which followed the daily life of the club of League 2 during the season 2019-2020.

These four episodes, fifty-two minutes, in the format unique in France, was directly inspired by the series Sunderland’til I Die, centered on the modest team of Sunderland, which is situated in the North-East of England – which proved a massive hit on Netflix. As this city british, Lens is a city mining that can count on the unwavering support of its fans. Beyond the sports results and the suspense thriller about the possible rise of the club in Ligue 1, the documentary Team strives to provide a societal vision in examining the link between the club and its fans, but also the impact the club and its results on the entire city.

Nine months of filming

For nine months, the team in the north has opened all its doors to the cameras of Élide Productions. 100 days of shooting and 280 hours of footage was necessary to make the series tells the story of the season 2019-2020 from the inside. When the shooting starts, Lens waiting to go back in Ligue 1 for the past eight years. The previous season, the team has missed the market narrowly against Dijon. Luckily for the documentary, this season will be as exciting as the previous one.

The twists and turns

The first episode sets the scene and the characters which Joseph Oughourlian, the president, who confides on the attachment that he wears to the club, but also on the financial balance sometimes difficult to find for that Lens has the means of its ambitions. We also discover recent (and heated) discussions of the club for the transfer of Mounir Chouiar to Dijon at the end of the mercato summer. The second, more moving, returns to the history of the club, directly linked to the mining villages and mining towns, and shows how the death of Daniel Leclerc, “says” the Druid, ” and who had led the team to the title of champion of France in 1998, affects the team and the supporters.

Dismissal and Covid-19

The series continues at the pace of the season and its surprises, such as the sacking of coach Philippe Montanier, then that Lens is in the third place, and, especially, the brutal stop of the season due to the epidemic of Covid-19 with the players and the staff confined. The all, up until the announcement of the end of the season and… of the rise in League 1 of Blood and Gold.

“In Lens, blood and gold” at 19: 15 on The Team

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Liga. The FC Barcelona made a wrong operation on the lawn of Celta Vigo. Sport

A mess!! Despite an excellent game of his nuggets Ansu Fati and Riqui Puig, FC Barcelona has again stumbled in the Celta Vigo 2-2 on Saturday for the 32nd day of Liga, severely compromising his chances of the title.

A wind of freshness, and then the storm : numb since the resumption, FC Barcelona has found his game thanks to a double from Luis Suarez (20’, 67’) and its young Ansu Fati and Riqui Puig, who have awakened from its lethargy, despite the goals from Fedor Smolov (50’) and Iago Aspas (88’), a kick ingenious, to take provisional first place (69 pts) in front of Real Madrid (68 pts), who plays Sunday at the red lantern Espanyol Barcelona…

After his zero to a 0-0 draw in Seville last week, the Barca, with this new game, has without doubt opened the way to rival madrid for the title in la Liga : with a match in their grasp at the last, the men of Zinedine Zidane, could count two points ahead of Barça in six matches of the end of the championship… a mattress seen since February, as head of the rankings !

Against the 16th in la Liga, Barça, however, has not shown a face as impassive serenity. Several times, the Catalans have seemed to the limit, saved at times by the awkwardness and bad choice of opponents, as on the last shot of Nolito, who could have given the victory to the premises (87’), or by the strong hands of Marc-André ter Stegen (79’).

It is the paradox of this game. Because on the field, Barça has done the work, signing here his best game since the takeover.

No paradoxical

The nuggets Riqui Puig (20 years) and Ansu Fati (17 years old) are not scored, but proved decisive in the renaissance time the Barça, asleep since its 0-0 in Sevilla and its a small unexpected success against Bilbao 1-0 on Tuesday.

This was three matches the midfielder Puig (5 matches in la Liga with Barca this season), which was his first start this season, and left-winger Fati (18 matches, 5 goals and one assist this season) dynamitaient the game the Barça…

And Quique Setién, who made the bet line straight away at Balaidos, can thank : his gamble didn’t work, pocketing the three points, but Barça has regained its DNA, why Setién had been hired in January after the dismissal of Ernesto Valverde.

With its lined, the front-center of uruguayan Luis Suarez, surgery of the lateral meniscus of the right knee on the 12th of January, has also confirmed that it was back to 100 %, after taking advantage of the containment to treat his injury.

The 4th best scorer of the championship of Spain (13 goals) still had not scored since the recovery post-pandemic. After you have found the land at the ends of half-hours, he was chained to three games as the holder, and has finished by finding his cold realism with this doubled ingenious on Saturday.

With this setback, the Catalans, the leader febrile, can almost say goodbye to their chances of titles in la Liga… except against the enormous performance of the rival madrid on Sunday (22 h) at Espanyol, which could revive the suspense in the saga football of the summer.

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Tennis. Dominic Thiem wins the Adria tower in front of a delighted public. Sport

After months of shutdown because of the coronavirus, some of the best tennis players have regained a semblance of competition and above all a very enthusiastic audience in Belgrade, during the charity event organized by Novak Djokovic.

The joy of reunion has dominated this weekend at the tennis Center Novak in Belgrade, located at the mouth of the Sava, a tributary of the Danube, where took place the tournament, the first stage in a mini-series of tests named : Adria tower .

It is Dominic Thiem who won the tournament in Belgrade by beating Filip Krajinovic (N. 32) 4-3 (2), 2-4, 4-2.

Tennis observed during this first Adria tour “, brilliant at times, messy by others, was a demonstration of the consequences on the form of the players of the forced break caused by a pandemic of sars coronavirus. But the desire to play was there to the delight of the public.

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Djokovic host model

Novak Djokovic, omnipresent throughout the weekend, assured his role brilliantly as host of the tournament, not hesitating to do the tourist guide for his companions of the ATP tour Dominic Thiem (N. 3), Alexander Zverev (N. 7) and Grigor Dimitrov (N. 19).

He has made them discover the bohemian quarter Skadarlija in Belgrade and other restaurants that are emblematic of the capital.

The Djoker failed to reach the final of his tournament, due to a surprise defeat on Saturday in the face of Krajinovic, finalist in the unfortunate Sunday.

At the end of his last game at theAdria towerwon in the face of Zverev, Nola overwhelmed by emotion and melted into tears. I’m not crying for a final missed, I remembered my childhood, he explained, thanking the audience, that the ovationnait, the support granted to the players.

Only downside, the organizers announced on Saturday that he had renounced the stage provided for in Montenegro on 27 and 28 June, because of the strict sanitary measures.

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The other tournaments will take place in Croatia, in Zadar, where Djokovic will be joined by two stars of the tennis Croatian, Marin Cilic, winner of US Open 2014 Borna Coric (N. 33), and then in Bosnia in Banja Luka (north-west).

The tour ends on July 5 at Sarajevo by an exhibition match between Djokovic and the number one bosnian Damir Dzumhur (N. 107).

As theAdria tower in Belgrade, they will be played on clay in two sets to win in four games.

Rub shoulders with the stars

As soon as Friday, the public of all generations have flocked to the sports arenas.

Players are loaned for the game, posing for selfies, or mixing with a group of children come to learn tennis.

The public was also able to see Thiem train with Zverev and to attend meetings of exhibition.

The former no. 1 world Serbian Jelena Jankovic has also taken part in the festival. Output a retirement of over two years who has never been formalized, it has played, under the ovations of the public, a mixed doubles partner to Djokovic.

The capital of the planet tennis

The popularity of Djokovic in the Balkans and the suspension of the ATP and WTA tours due to health crisis, have allowed the N. 1 in the world to set up these tournaments for charity. In Belgrade, 2 000 tickets were sold like hotcakes. As many tickets have been distributed to the sponsors.

This is fantastic, we are the capital of the world tennis this weekendif is excited about Dusan Bogicevic, 25 years old, a law student from Belgrade.

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The spectators were presented a mask to the entrance to the stadium, but few have worn.

Responding to criticism about the lack of social distance, Novak Djokovic remarked that the region recorded a balance sheet rather decent — 22 million people, 24 000 people infected, less than 800 dead — in its fight against the sars coronavirus.

Of course you can criticize, but it is not for me to say if this is dangerous or not […] we do respect what was said in the Serbian government, he said to the press before the tournament.

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Anastasia Volochkova showed a string of “alcoholic” and publicly put in place Dan Borisov

Anastasia Volochkova and Dana Borisova long-standing conflict. Two blondes had a fight after the former TV presenter has accused the dancer of alcoholism and amoralke. In response to the dancer urged her opponent to answer.

Dana Borisova came face-to-face Anastasia Volochkova, which was accused of drunkenness. The ballerina denies that suffers from alcoholism. “What she’s accusing me? What I like to drink wine. What do you not drink wine? Sorry, what do you care what I do, I sleep with somebody that I realize. If the main task is to come every day to be on stage,” he said, as snapped, the actress in the new issue of the program “New Russian sensations”.

Dana just does not intend to retreat. “By the way, at this stage the legs were growing. It is explained to us in rehab. Female alcoholism, the third stageread the literature , specifically the woman begins to crawl” – not appeased with the scandalous attacks on television.

Volochkova also not born shita. “I’d love to see Dana Borisov after his cocaine, so she went out and did something physically feet, hands. Without cocaine, I think, will not. If she says this, that they used to lose weight,” he recalled ballerina revelation sworn friend.

Borisov admits that struggling with their addictions. “Yes, I’m an addict, Yes, I’m an addict, Yes, I’m an addict! But I’m honest, I speak about it openly. But I’ve dealt with a long time all these initial stages, and her daughter is not even in the beginning, it is in active use! That is her denial even saw but saw. Nastya, I have a lot in common. We share the same disease – alcoholism“- she said.

Anastasia most resent injustice. “I do not understand why people take the liberty to judge me, to appreciate and evaluate? Climb into my soul, into my glass, my plate, in my bed, in my house. I have a feeling that in my house lives the whole country. Everyone drink: one wine who – vodka is what everyone wants – it is the right of every human being. But after drinking you can’t come to the gym and doing cartwheels, pirouettes and to do what you love”, – is angry with the artist.

Volochkova believes that Borisov must answer for his slander. “When you’re talking shit, you have to answer! I can tell you my cat: chatter and … – no bags to roll”.

Dana retorted: “Away: Mat-peremat. Habalki included. You go drunk, beg, fall.”

However, the proposal Nastya took. “Anastasia, breathe!”, – demanded Dana. Volochkova complied with the request, and Borisov withdrew, driving away the smell. “Are you sober?”, – asked the presenter.

In response Volochkova assured that just worked eight hours on Pointe and offered the opponent the experiment. She sent Borisov through all the circles of hell ballet to the on your own Pointe shoes see how hard hangover “to be in the pack.”

The job – to do the splits – Dana failed miserably. And this is understandable. In this field Volochkova has no equal.

Drove Dan twine “alcoholic” in the air. Spinning, spinning. String “alcoholic”, and revolves a ball of gold” – Anastasia twirled in the dance, doing his trademark splits.

She said that for the year from it there were 40 performances of “the Dancer in the mirror of the circus.” “I do every day love. Wake up in bed with a loved one… to Blame I have nothing. Has no right! For the charges that she made, calling me, pouring dirt, she will answer in court”, – said the dancer.

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Déconfinement. The 14 July will be a private fireworks ?. Sport

And if, for the 14th of July, the sky remained empty ? The question torments just as much the artificers that the prefectures and local elected officials. What is happening is pretty incredible, unprecedented. I think that people, citizens, perhaps the authorities, are not aware that they may not have fireworks, a July 14. This would be the first time. Even during the war, there were…, is David Prateau, artistic director of the historic house Ruggieri,

Like any profession, it account cancellations, carry-overs of pyrotechnic shows, and the days that pass, up to make soon mission impossible to mount the lights in time for the national Holiday.

60% to 80% of the sales of artificers

On two days, July 13-14, the players of the fireworks do 60 to 80 % of their turnover, recalls Guillaume Camboulive, CEO of the Perigord Brezac, which provides 1 400 fires per year, of which 90 % in a season, a pyrotechnic that goes from may to end of September. Approximately 400 of these lights are already lost.

Comets chills, fans shiny gold, spiders money to change to yellow… In the deposit Brézac, at Fleix (Dordogne), unloads a container of fireworks come from China, the world’s leading provider. A single container, instead of three per month in this period. Some of these fires will be assembled in case. But most bombs don’t see the powder.

The gauge of 5,000 people is an issue

In question, the gauge for outdoor gatherings, 5,000 persons, provided that the actions barriers and the distance to be guaranteed by the organiser. Otherwise, it is the limit of 10 persons, which prevails in the current phase of the déconfinement.

For the fires to more than 5,000 people, it is blinkered, forbidden till the end of Auguststresses the SFEPA, union of the profession.

The biggest fires in the country, the Feast of Lake Annecy (August), the Great Fire of Saint-Cloud (September) have been cancelled. Paris, at this stage, wishes to maintain the fire (July 14), but without an audience this is the city.

But large fires represent only 35 % of the 12 000 learned in France each yearstresses the SFEPA. The vast majority are in villages or small towns. In front of well less than 5 000 people.

The mayors of the villages are reluctant

Salvation through the villages, then ? The mayors are reluctant, ask what they can guarantee in terms of health standards. I can not take the responsibility of the people who will key-key, laments the mayor of Fleix Lionel Net. Who has cancelled his fire of August, ran by 3 000 people in edge of the Dordogne. But he hopes, cautiously, sliding one in September.

If wholesale artificers as Ruggieri (6 000 fires a year, very present in the international) have a good back, small structures that are waiting to be paid by the communities to pay their suppliers, they will break, if it does not pull in the summerwarns Jean-François Dartigue-Peyrou, secretary general of the SFEPA.

From there and for several years, you do not have any more pyrotechnic shows in France, or so little that it is finishedif the alarm-t-it. What is complicated to make touch of the finger to the public authorities.

A fireworks display to mark ” that we have moved on to something else “

This is the animation that attracts all generations : children, with the fear or the eyes lit up to the grandparents, who come to see the fire, even if they don’t go to the partyhighlights the artificer landais Marmajou, leaded by the cancellation of the fairs – and the lights – Bayonne, Mont-de-Marsan and Dax.

In a final salvo, the profession has entered the prime minister’s office, the prefects, to clarify, to reassure the communities on the possibility of shoot on July 14, in compliance with the rules.

For them, it is clear, elected as the public want, need, of these 15-20 minutes of fire to mark that we have moved on to something else.

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Ligue 1. Gold for PSG players’ phones. Sport

The former receive a gold medal. For Paris Saint-Germain players, gold will be present, but it is not necessarily a question of a medal. Champions of France after the final end of the Ligue 1 season, Neymar, Kylian Mbappé and their partners will be offered a very special gift: a gold phone case.

It is the iDesign Gold company that will provide PSG players with this precious object. Specializing in the personalization of luxury telephony, the company has produced 24-carat gold shells for each player in the squad who won the ninth title in the history of the club, thus matching Olympique de Marseille to the prize list of most successful teams, one length from Saint-Etienne.

As it is possible to see, each shell will contain the number and the name of the player, with the logo of Ligue 1 and the mention of “champion 2020”. A few weeks ago, the two star players of PSG, Mbappé and Neymar, had visited the company and had their products presented.

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A disturbing smell of sulfur spreads from Lille to Nantes: what you need to know.

Since last night, a strong smell of sulfur has reigned over part of France, from Hauts-de-France to Pays de la Loire, via Ile-de-France. This disturbing phenomenon has its origins in several factors, some natural, others linked to human activities. We explain to you.

On the night of Sunday to Monday, May 11, the phone kept ringing at Ile-de-France firefighters. A few hours earlier, it had been the same with their colleagues in Hauts-de-France. And, since this Monday morning, it is the inhabitants of the Pays de la Loire – and particularly of Nantes and Sarthe – who are calling the men of the fire.

Each time, everyone reports a phenomenon that is both unpleasant and disturbing: a strong smell of sulfur hovering in the air. Each time, the fear of an industrial accident like that of Lubrisol, near Rouen, is mentioned by the people – sometimes panicked – who call 18. Wrongly: No specific intervention is in progress explain the firefighters.

Given the scale of the number of calls, they even cracked an official press release on Twitter Sunday evening, calling on Parisians to calm down.

That smell felt in several departments is probably linked to recent bad weather, they explain. Taken into account, this odor does not correspond to any particular intervention in progress. Please only dial 18-112 in case of a proven emergency, they add. If their answer is reassuring, it does not solve this double problem: what is this smell? And what causes it?

What is this smell?

It is a sign of air pollution. To what? To two main elements. To NO2 first – translate: to nitrogen dioxide. This is part of the NOx family, in other words nitrogen oxides, which are formed by the combination of oxygen and nitrogen. Remember that NO2 is a very toxic gas by inhalation. It smells bad, it is pungent and it stings the eyes because, in short, it interacts chemically with water (including therefore with that of our eyes).

However, this odor is also a sign of sulfur dioxide (SO2) pollution, with the characteristic rotten egg smell.

What is the origin of this smell?

– Sewage mixing

This was suggested by the Paris city hall last night. Emmanuel Grégoire, first deputy, says that it could be related to the shuffling of the sewerage networks because of the heavy rain which brings up the decomposition gases.

Without being false, on the contrary, the statement does not seem sufficient: certainly, the severe thunderstorms this weekend resulted in heavy precipitation, themselves clogging up and stirring up the rainwater and sanitation network. From there to raise such rotten egg smells, and over such a distance, from Lille to Nantes, the thing seems unlikely.

It is obvious that sulfur dioxide was released into the atmosphere through the sewers of large cities. But this gas is not necessarily enough to create a phenomenon of such magnitude on its own. So what could have amplified the phenomenon?

– The storms themselves

We don’t necessarily know, but the stormy phenomena are nitrogen oxide factories (incidentally, the same goes for volcanic eruptions and large forest fires).

More than 1.2 billion lightning strikes occur worldwide each year. Laboratory and field tests have revealed that the core of some lightning reaches 29,700 ° C. Monstrous heat, in any case sufficient to instantly melt the sand and break the oxygen and nitrogen molecules into two individual atoms.

Translate: each of these billions of lightnings produces a breath of nitrogen oxide (Nox) which reacts with sunlight and other atmospheric gases to produce ozone, in particular. Near the Earth’s surface, ozone can harm the health of humans and plants; higher in the atmosphere, it’s a potent greenhouse gas; but it still has for him, in the stratosphere, to block the radiation of ultraviolet rays, responsible for cancers.

However, France experienced severe thunderstorms this weekend. Not thousands of lightnings, of course, but enough to produce nitrogen oxides.

– A pollution wave

We saw it this weekend, and we can only notice it since this Monday morning: after hot and humid south-southwest flows which brought powerful and lasting storms over France, a huge front cold, coming from the north-northeast, quickly repelled this hot air to bring its cool temperatures to the south of the Loire.

Which also caused thick mists and fog on Sunday on the English Channel, Cotentin and Brittany (photo below).

In doing so, this strong wind brought with it, and accumulated along the warm border, the atmosphere charged with pollution (NO2 and SO2 in particular) which reigned over Great Britain and Northern Europe (Netherlands, Belgium…), especially above the big cities.

Because, it must be said again, the main source of nitrogen oxide pollution is of human origin: it is the combustion of fossil fuels (coal, fuel oil, natural gas). Automobile exhausts, and more particularly diesel vehicles, account for a significant part of atmospheric pollution by NOx. Fermentation of wet grains stored in silos or certain massive agricultural applications are also sources of exposure to these pollutants.

As we can see on the map at the head of the article, the NO2 concentration was particularly high on a diagonal between Lille and Nantes, last night and it should remain so until this evening at least (map above).

Is this phenomenon dangerous?

Yes. And no. As is often the case, everything depends on the quantity of the pollutant considered. In this case, the concentration of NO2 (or NOx) and SO2 in the atmosphere.

The concentrations recorded last night and this morning do not exceed the danger thresholds established by the authorities. Thus, the limit values ​​for Airparif correspond, on an annual average, to 50 µg / m³ for SO2 and 40 µg / m³ for NO2. And the values ​​recorded last night did not seem to have exceeded 50 µg / m³ for NO2.

Anyway, the police headquarters laboratory took samples last night to try to identify the origin of this odor. Results must be known during the day

The phenomenon has apparently been more spectacular than dangerous. Which in no way seeks to exonerate the reality of this pollution.

To conclude, we have therefore witnessed, for the past 24 hours, a combination of factors – natural and human – and pollution – nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide – which have triggered the appearance, on our territory, of this gigantic cloud. with a foul odor. Not the conditions dreamed of for a first day of deconfinement.

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WHAT FOOT TOMORROW? The option of a calendar based on the calendar year. Sport

From Jean-Pierre Rivère, President of Nice, to Christian Gourcuff, coach of FC Nantes, the hypothesis of a calendar modeled on the calendar year has some supporters. To the point of becoming a “Track to discuss” according to Victor Montagliani, vice-president of FIFA. But is it really possible?

On the physical plane

The idea seduces the big stables, especially in Lyon, where Antonin Da Fonseca, physical trainer, rebels against the current calendar: “The most important match rhythm takes place in winter, it’s absurd! While this is a time when it is more complicated to raise your body temperature, when the terrain is greasy … The risk of injury increases. “

His colleague at OL Paolo Rongoni experienced such an operation in Switzerland from 1999 to 2003. “The risk of injury is lower in summer than in winter”, he confirms. According to him, it should “One or two seasons” to get players used to the calendar rhythm.

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On the economic plan

With good weather, the stadiums could be more full. But ticketing (8% of L1 club revenues in 2018-19) weighs very little against TV rights (36%). Placing a large part of the season in summer, during long holidays, could restrict the audience.

Everything could also depend on the flexibility of the broadcasters. Would they agree to change the dates stipulated in their contract? In France, Mediapro could claim compensation if the calendar changes next season. Costs to avoid given the current economic situation of the clubs.

Institutionally

As early as 2008, Michel Platini had brought the idea to the LFP. A project had been put in place before being abandoned. “We had to fill six months of vacuum to shift. It was too complicated, regrets a former leader of French football. But there, events force us to do so. It’s now or never ! “

In 2020, however, the changeover will not take place. Again, notably due to European harmonization. We see it for example with Germany which intends to resume its season while France stopped its own. The project could return to the table in 2021, before the World Cup in Qatar (November 21 – December 18, 2022). To date, neither the European leagues nor UEFA have drawn up a precise timetable. Their agreement will be essential to establish such a structural change.

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Auto. An international recovery from summer? Sport

Disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, the major international motor racing championships are seeing new calendars taking shape with the camera behind closed doors, starting with Formula 1 which hopes to start in early July in Austria. Before that, the American categories planned to resume on May 17 in Darlington (South Carolina) for NASCAR and June 6 on the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth for the IndyCar, each time without an audience.

• Formula 1

After the postponement sine die (Bahrain, Vietnam, China, Netherlands, Spain, Azerbaijan, Canada) or the cancellation (Australia, Monaco, France) of the first ten Grands Prix, the promoter of Formula 1 “aims” for a start to the season on July 5 on the Red Bull Ring and a second GP the following Sunday on the same circuit, except quarantine measures imposed by the countries of origin of the teams. According to this scenario, the championship would end in December in Abu Dhabi and would have between fifteen and eighteen events, instead of twenty-two, organized by geographic areas (Europe in July-August, Eurasia, Asia and the Americas in September-October -November, Middle East in December), when the regulations require eight races.

Several circuits not appearing on the calendar have positioned themselves to host GPs (Hockenheim in Germany, Portimao in Portugal, Imola in Italy) and could enter it, said F1 CEO Chase Carey. Formula One provides, at least initially, for GPs without audiences and with a limited number of people on the paddock. The state of health of the necessary staff of the stables and F1 would be checked before traveling, on arrival, then every two days. The teams would be isolated from each other on the circuits, as well as from the general public outside (flights, on-site transport, hotels). Details are awaited on the Formula 2 and Formula 3 calendars, backed by that of F1.

• Formula E

The first five ePrixes of the 2019-2020 season, which was due to end at the end of July in London, have taken place and the Portuguese Antonio Félix Da Costa leads the classification of the pilots. DS leads that of the manufacturers. The next eight were unable or unable to stand. However, six to fifteen races are required to validate a championship. Formula E founder Alejandro Agag and CEO Jamie Reigle, however, estimated in early May that it would be possible to schedule several races without an audience between late July-early August and September.

The possibilities of organizing ePrix in Berlin, Seoul, on circuits rather than in the city center or of co-organizing events with the DTM, the German championship of passenger cars, were mentioned. In any event, the season should end in September, so that the 2020-2021 fiscal year begins as planned at the end of the year.

• IndyCar

Usually run in late May, the Indianapolis 500 Miles have been rescheduled to August 23.

• WEC

After the first five rounds of the 2019-2020 season, the No. 7 Toyota (José Maria Lopez-Kamui Kobayashi-Mike Conway) leads the World Endurance Championship. Six events, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, are required to validate it, but the organizers are trying to maintain the initial figure of eight. In early April, they announced the postponement of the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps to August 15. The Belgian government has since banned mass protests until August 31, which could lead to closed doors.

The 24 Hours of Le Mans has been postponed to September 19 and 20 and could be postponed to October or November if necessary, according to Pierre Fillon, president of the organizer, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest. The 8 Hours of Bahrain (which replaces the 1000 Miles of Sebring) must close the season on November 21. Consequently, the calendar for the next one, which was to start at the beginning of September, must be revised. It will not start until March 2021.

• WRC

Three tests took place between January and mid-March and the French Sébastien Ogier (Toyota) leads the classification of the drivers. The three rounds scheduled between April and June have been postponed sine die (Argentina, not before the 4th quarter of 2020, and Italy) or canceled (Portugal). The following are currently maintained, some subject to reservation. A decision for Kenya (July 16-19) is expected in mid-May. The situation in Finland (6-9 August) should be reassessed in early June, with a possible postponement to September or October, that of New Zealand (3-6 September) in late May. The rules of the World Rally Championship do not require a minimum number of events.

• WRX

The Rallycross World Championship, which was due to start in mid-April in Spain, has planned to start from August 20 to 23 in Sweden, with a total of nine events (instead of eleven) on eight circuits, including one in France at Lohéac ( Brittany) from September 4 to 6. It is due to end on December 13 in Germany.

• WTCR

The Passenger Car World Cup did not start as planned in late April in Hungary. After several race cancellations, the promoter Eurosport Events and the FIA ​​were working in mid-April on a new calendar running from the end of August to November.

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