The resumption of football in Germany, test for any professional sport

The thing will not happen in France, where the government has decided the definitive cessation of the sporting season 2019-2020 due to the epidemic of covid-19. But in Germany, the football championship, which was suspended on 31 march, takes up this Saturday, may 16.

Risky and not very popular – 56 per cent of Germans were opposed, according to a poll reported by AFP, this recovery will be a test and may influence the decisions of the other three major european leagues (England, Italy, Spain), who are still considering to finish the season.

Camera and hard rules

The competition is scheduled to conclude on 27 June. Provided that the possible quarantine of clubs, in ill cases of the coronavirus, is not obliged to postpone matches. The recovery was desired by the Bundesliga for sporting purposes, but primarily economic : the broadcast of the meetings will report to the club of 300 million rights tv, allowing some of them to avoid bankruptcy.

To resume, the German clubs have agreed to submit to regular testing, and precautions drastic on the field : no pre-match protocol, no effusions of the collective to celebrate the goals… And most importantly, no audience. The meetings will be held in fact behind closed doors, with a maximum of 300 people are allowed in the stadium, including the players, referees, journalists and cameramen. A test for the fans and for the players, accustomed to the fervor of public well-furnished, in a country where the average attendance in the stadiums amounted to nearly 45 000 spectators, the double of France.

“The world looks to us “

The recovery in germany, marked by the prestigious “derby of the Ruhr’ between Borussia Dortmund to his rival Schalke 04, will in any case be scrutinized by the whole of Europe sports. It will be a test to see if the professional sports may or may not revive in spite of the virus. “We carry a responsibility huge “, was recognized on Friday, may 15, the CEO of Borussia Dortmund Hans-Joachim Watzke. “The whole world now looks towards us “, abounded, the coach of Bayern Munich, Hansi Flick. “It may be a signal to all other leagues and it may allow the sport to resume everywhere (…). We have a function example very important. “

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“Professional football has been indecent”

La Croix: Following the definitive end of the professional football season, it was thought that the cacophony of leaders would finally end. Several club presidents are considering legal remedies…

Christophe Bouchet: Three-quarters of the Ligue 1 and 2 championship games have been played, so the decision to end the standings at the start of containment makes sense. I can understand that some club presidents, deprived of the European Cup or relegated to the lower division when they still had a chance to do better, are furious. But sport is also that, you lose a match on a missed penalty, a thunderstorm or square posts.

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In times of crisis, there can be no perfect decision, there were only bad solutions. The one that was chosen is probably the least bad. The most amazing thing is that these club presidents, who for the most part are reasonable and intelligent business leaders in everyday life, go crazy when it comes to football. But they are not the main culprits.

Who are these key officials?

C. B.: Professional players of course, and their representatives, unions and agents. It took weeks to reach an agreement that the highest paid players agreed to defer part of their pay to the next few seasons.

To my knowledge, this agreement has not entered into force. I didn’t see any of them stand up and say, “Good guys, exceptional situation, exceptional reaction, we draw a line”. It was not the sea to drink. We didn’t hear the big players of today, nor the big olds.

For example Didier Deschamps could have set an example. But all these guys who give lessons of generosity on social networks and serve as models for our young people did not say anything. For all kids, for my 15 year old son who loves soccer and spends his time on Twitter and Instagram, that would have been an incredible sign. But no, flat encephalogram!

A little hard to blame the players alone, right?

C. B.: I’m not saying they’re the only culprits, I’m saying they’re the first in economic order, because payroll accounts for the bulk of club spending. But they are not the only ones. It’s unbelievable that professional clubs, companies that generate millions of turnover, have no cash reserves. It is a state of affairs, wanted, assumed, by this universe of spoiled children.

An anecdote: in 2004, when I negotiated TV rights with Canal +, we had obtained 100 million euros more than expected. I offered to make reservations and was insulted on the grounds that in football, the “money” is made to be spent. It is all the more unacceptable that football revenues are known from year to year and guaranteed at 85-90%.

In these conditions, do you find it normal that the State went to the aid of the clubs?

C. B.: Yes and no. On the one hand, football clubs are businesses like any other, which contribute to the state budget through employer contributions and taxes paid. It is therefore normal that in the event of a crisis, these companies receive the same aid as the others.

The partial unemployment paid for administrative employees, for example, seems entirely justified to me. For the players, I can’t believe it, I think that, after a certain level of salary, they should simply have given it away.

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Covid-19: at RC Lens, the ultra mobilized

“No longer going to Bollaert at all, it creates a vacuum … Even a little shock.” But hey, it’s better for the good of everyone, I think! “ Thirty-three years since Fred, a 41-year-old house painter, went to all RC Lens games played in his legendary English stadium. For a few weeks, the enclosure has remained silent, deprived of the songs and the fervor of its usual 25,000 spectators. The pandemic depopulated the stadiums as it emptied the streets.

“It remains incidental, considers Matthew, 40 years old. Football is a passion but it remains a hobby. Currently, it is not necessary for everyday life. “ Member of the Red Tigers, the largest ultra group of Lens supporters, the teacher says that he is much more concerned about the imminent resumption of school than that of the professional championships desired by the governing bodies. (read opposite).

How to end the season brutally stopped by the health crisis? How to prepare the next one? Should the show continue at all costs, with or without an audience? On March 9, the Sang et Or played against Orleans the first professional match behind closed doors imposed by the pandemic in France. Even on a Monday evening, even in Ligue 2, at least 20,000 spectators were expected at Bollaert. If the ardent celebration of the goal of the northern victory by the announcer Cyril Jamet made the turn of the television broadcasts, his voice especially resounded in a sad silence.

“Comet plans”

“In an ideal world, I would like the season to end with 30,000 people at the stadium but it is not in anyone’s hands”, sighs Matthew. The Professional Football League imagines several hypotheses, including that of a resumption of the championships on June 17 and the start of the next season in late August. “They are drawing plans on the comet but nobody knows”, annoyed Arthur, 38, of the Red Tigers. For Matthew, we must not deny the rights of club employees, referees, players, ball pickers … And if you can’t be less than one or two meters away, how do you manage to mark someone who may be sick? ”

While club leaders quarrel in the press, 46 sections of ultras oppose, in a collective forum, an early recovery. “It is urgent to wait, write these groups, sometimes rival in the stands but united in the crisis. It is not conceivable that football will resume prematurely. It is not possible that it will resume in camera. It will resume in due course when the health and social conditions are met. ”

Pierre Révillon, one of the officials of the Red Tigers and president of the National Association of Supporters (ANS), does not envisage either “A resumption of the championship without supporters”: “C It’s like playing a play without spectators. It’s completely stupid. We are players in football just like players and managers. It goes against our mentality and our vision of football. ”

The stands are empty but supporters remain active throughout France. In Lens, the Red Tigers launched, from the start of confinement, a call for donations to equip a microcrèche mounted urgently by Lensois caregivers to keep their children, deprived of school and nannies, within the confines of the ‘hospital. In a few days, the ultras collect changing tables, umbrella beds, or playpens. “New high chairs and bottle warmers even arrived in services that were already lacking before the Covid crisis”, would like to thank Pauline, 31, educator of young children at the hospital. It designates Jérémy, a member like her of the Tigers, who came to probe the needs of caregivers. For seventeen years, he has coordinated Children’s Christmas, a toy distribution operation for young hospital patients.

“Ultrasounds mobilized for hospital staff, you are our pride”, we read on a banner hanging in front of the main entrance. We can guess Jeremy’s smile, under his surgical mask: “In the first week, the guy who takes care of messages with us said he was going to do something. Considering all the tape he put on, I can tell you that she’s going to stay there for a while! “ It has already been a month since the declaration welcomed the caregivers.

“The Tigers were among the first to set up a fundraiser for the hospital,” notes Norman Noisette, 42, president of the Lens United Federation. The network brings together thirty associations of Lensois supporters and 3,000 members across France. “We immediately added to their initiative by opening a kitty online” to support the momentum of solidarity. More than 8,000 euros have already been collected. The money was used to donate tablets to patients and nursing home residents isolated from their loved ones. At the same time, Lens United participated in the launch of an overcoat workshop for the hospitals of Lens, Béthune and Hénin-Beaumont. “We plan to deliver 18,000 each week,” Norman Noisette hopes. These fan associations, very locally anchored, mobilize beyond their members. This is the case for the joint auction of jerseys organized by Lens United and the club for the benefit of hospitals and the Pasteur Institute to finance research against the Covid: “We received several calls from people who wanted to give us jerseys of players recovered during a match.”

On its website, the ANS lists at least forty similar solidarity actions in progress, including the impressive prize pool of Socios toile club bastiais. The Corsicans collected 63,253 euros to help three hospitals on the island finance, in particular, resuscitation beds and respirators. “It is not the groups that are using the health crisis to make themselves visible. It’s rather the crisis that makes actions visible, Matthew analysis. There is such a lack of material that, thanks to these groups, everyday life becomes less hard for patients and staff. ”

Popular football

What the teacher misses most is not so much the meetings, but rather “The pre-match, the comrades, drink a pint, chat, the post-match, escort the tarpaulin …” Going to the stadium is a celebration. “It allows you to get out of everyday life”, slips Hans Decroos, supporter of Racing for twenty-two years. This Thursday, he delivers the weekly food drive launched by the Tigers in his supermarket. “We have customers who make a small cart, deprive themselves and still give a packet of cakes, observe this follower of Bollaert. For the crèche, some customers could have sold their equipment on the Internet but they preferred to give it away. ” Support for the image of popular football claimed by many Lensois supporters, in a fragile economic area. “Here, some people sacrifice themselves to go to the stadium, Hans continues. In Lens, we don’t really like football business. “ We prefer solidarity football, fueled by the hope of finding the elite in front of a celebrating stadium, five years after relegation to L2. “If there is no climb, there is no climb … breathes Matthew. We will go and get it in the field like every year, with blood, sweat and tears. ”

Sheerazad Chekaik-Chaila Photo Stéphane Dubromel. Hans Lucas

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professional football Roures (Mediapro): “2021 could start without an audience”

? Jaume Roures, president of Mediapro, gave an interview to Onda Cero in which, among other things, he spoke about the short-term future of professional football in Spain. In his opinion, both the First Division and the Second A, in which Girona participates, “will not be the same” at the end of this season, as there will be no public in the stands, which could even move to early 2021 because of the coronavirus. “The league will not be as it used to be. I think we will start 2021 without an audience in the stadiums. Football will not be the same, but neither will cinemas, nor walking the streets, concerts or restaurants. The forecasts and wishes for the next calendar are quite clear. “It would seem wonderful to us that the competition would end in June and July and that the Champions League could be played later, in August. Although in this sense it can be more complicated because there are teams from several countries.

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stop or professional football?

No doubt Jean Castex, the “deconfinement gentleman” of the government, does he have in mind the fate of the French professional football championships. This senior official, used to ministerial offices and mayor of Prades in the eastern Pyrenees, is no stranger to the sports world. He was previously responsible for coordination between the various public authorities and the organizing committee for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

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It is now up to him to decide whether or not to reopen the football stadiums from May 11, the announced date of release from confinement. And if the players should be allowed to resume training, respecting health precautions due to Covid-19, the resumption of the professional (Ligue 1 and Ligue 2) and semi-professional (National) championships is another matter entirely.

A private session?

The public’s return to the stadiums is no longer a question, since the president said on April 21 that there would be no large rallies until the end of the summer. All the hopes, or the concerns, rest on the authorization of matches in camera, which could retransmit the two main broadcasters, Canal + and BeIN Sports, thereby paying professional football the large sums they have placed in receivership .

Still, this notion of in camera is very relative. A Ligue 1 televised match indeed mobilizes around 300 people, including around sixty people for the two teams (regular and substitute players, coaches, etc.), around fifty technicians and journalists for the broadcast, referees, collectors ball, stewards, stadium security and cleaning staff.

Without forgetting the police, ensuring the gathering of supporters near the stadiums. Thousands of Parisian supporters had thus gathered on the forecourt of the Parc des Princes during the eighth-final second leg of the Champions League won in front of empty stands by Paris SG against Borussia Dortmund just before confinement.

Still 500 matches to play in Ligue 1, Ligue 2 and National

The authorities of French football still refuse to consider a white season, that is to say a championship permanently frozen where it stopped in March, at the level of the 28e day for Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 and the 25e for the National. There are 500 games left to choose the champions, the clubs qualified for the European Cups, those who have been relegated or promoted. Not to mention the final of the Coupe de France and that of the Coupe de la Ligue.

“It is untenable, if only economically, especially for the smaller National clubs which depend a lot on ticket sales or hospitality, with sponsors who can no longer invite their customers to the stadium”, explains Michael Tapiro, expert in sports economics.

While the French Football Federation, which manages the amateur championships, has decided to stop everything on April 16, the Professional Football League is doing everything to avoid a sporting disaster but especially economic and social. The 45 professional clubs (20 in Ligue 1, 20 in Ligue 2 and 5 in National) employ thousands of people, including 1,400 players. Players worried about the sanitary conditions of possible matches and who could possibly assert a right of withdrawal.

Germany wants to resume behind closed doors, the Netherlands stops everything

The example of the foreigner does not allow us to decide. In the Netherlands, the professional football committee has announced its intention to stop the championships and Belgium is preparing to do the same. Conversely, however, German football bosses have already reopened player training, hoping to resume the German championship behind closed doors on May 8. In Italy, the presidents of Series A clubs (1re division) call for a recovery before the end of May.

In France, unanimity is not required. Presidents like Jean-Michel Aulas (Lyon) or Jean-Pierre Rivère (Nice) are campaigning for an extension of this season until Christmas. Others, like Denis Le Saint (Brest), are calling for the definitive interruption of the current season. The most numerous, and perhaps the wisest, await the arbitration of Jean Castex and the government directives which will result from it. Without delay.

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The Supreme Court obliges the Government to distribute protection material to health workers against the coronavirus

The Supreme Court orders thegovernmentto “adopt all measures within their reach” to equip the health personnel with protection against Covid-19. TheContentious-Administrative Chamberof the High Court has estimated this Monday the precautionary measure of theState Confederation of Medical Unions(CESM) in a car where you agree to “require theMinistry of Healththe adoption of all the measures at their disposal so that the best distribution of the means of protection for health professionals can take place effectively. “

According to legal sources reported to EL MUNDO, the High Court also obliges Health to report “bi-weekly to the Chamber on the specific measures adopted to this end, indicating the means of protection made available to health professionals and their effective distribution” .

The Chamber has agreed to consider the precautionary measure against the criteria of the prosecutor and the State Attorney.

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A health professional from Rosario is stranded in Barcelona and asks for help

The stories of Rosario stranded abroad who are struggling to return to their country in the midst of the health crisis unleashed by the advance of the coronavirus multiply day by day, and cases appear in almost every corner of the world. Carla Dotta is 28 years old and has a degree in social work from UNR. He lives in the southern area of ​​Rosario, but works at the Eva Perón hospital in Granadero Baigorria. There he completed the third year of the interdisciplinary residency in Mental Health.

She has been stranded in Barcelona for a month, where she arrived in February to do a training and job rotation in a community mental health organization. Although the practice lasted 90 days, in mid-March, when the pandemic broke out, the activity was suspended and it was trapped in Spain, where it says that the situation is “very complicated”.

Dotta said that it took her two years to organize the trip and collect savings to pay for it, since they paid her a salary but the rest is borne by the residents. She is stopping at an apartment that she shares with an Argentinean, a Brazilian and a Spanish, which for now gives her financial and emotional support. “I have that privilege. But there are colleagues who are in very bad situations,” he said.

The social worker said that along with 130 other Argentine health professionals who are in the same situation in Europe, they set up a group to ask for help and return to work in the country. Most of them are in Spain and they are organized in an Instagram profile called “Stranded Argentine Doctors”. However, although they try to communicate with consulates, embassies and airlines, they have not yet received positive responses.

“Like many other Argentines, we want to return to our homes, to our affections, but as health workers we also want to help in our country, so we ask for a repatriation or health flight,” said the young professional.

In Granadero Baigorria, he recalled, a modular hospital is being completed to face the peak of infections. “We are hired and personnel are needed, because those who work in health are infected, there are many licenses. But from here we cannot do anything. We want to contribute to the public health of our city,” he lamented.

Specifically on mental health, he said that “care is essential in the midst of a socio-sanitary emergency, in addition to organic health, which is primary, with social approaches and subjective accompaniments.” This is due to “the commotion of daily life and its consequences” due to the outbreak of the virus.

In this sense, he explained that in the residence in Eva Perón they mainly focus on emergency work, attending to the mental health guard situations of the hospital, but they also support other devices such as external offices, interconsultations and workshops.

Regarding his personal case, he explained that Aerolíneas Argentinas canceled his return flight, which he had taken out for the last week of April, and now he is trying to reschedule it, but there would only be a date for the end of May or from June. That is, there are no certainties about his return.

“The Foreign Ministry only made us fill out a form by email, where they relieve serious situations due to the economy, the health situation or age. All the institutions and organizations are exploited, overwhelmed, we are a lot,” he admitted.

What they want, Dotta clarified, is “a planned return schedule” to alleviate anguish and uncertainty. She is willing to go through the mandatory quarantine and relevant health screenings when she returns home.

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Rosario health professional stranded in Barcelona cries out for help

The stories of Rosario stranded abroad who are struggling to return to their country in the midst of the health crisis unleashed by the advance of the coronavirus multiply day by day, and cases appear in almost every corner of the world.

Carla Dotta is 28 years old and has a degree in social work from UNR. He lives in the southern area of ​​Rosario, but works at the Eva Perón hospital in Granadero Baigorria. There he completed the third year of the interdisciplinary residency in Mental Health.

She has been stranded in Barcelona for a month, where she arrived in February to do a training and job rotation in a community mental health organization. Although the practice lasted 90 days, in mid-March, when the pandemic broke out, the activity was suspended and it was trapped in Spain, where it says that the situation is “very complicated”.

Dotta said that it took her two years to organize the trip and collect savings to pay for it, since they paid her a salary but the rest is borne by the residents. She is stopping at an apartment that she shares with an Argentinean, a Brazilian and a Spanish, which for now gives her financial and emotional support. “I have that privilege. But there are colleagues who are in very bad situations, “he said.

Help again

The social worker said that along with 130 other Argentine health professionals who are in the same situation in Europe, they set up a group to ask for help and return to work in the country. Most of them are in Spain and they are organized in an Instagram profile called “Argentine doctors stranded”. However, although they try to communicate with consulates, embassies and airlines, they have not yet received positive responses.

“Like many other Argentines, we want to return to our homes, to our affections, but as health workers we also want to help in our country, so we ask for a repatriation or health flight,” said the young professional.

In Granadero Baigorria, he recalled, a modular hospital is being completed to face the peak of infections. “We are hired and personnel are needed, because those who work in health are infected, there are many licenses. But from here we cannot do anything. We want to contribute to the public health of our city ”, he lamented.

Specifically on mental health, he said that “attention is essential in the midst of a socio-sanitary emergency, in addition to organic health, which is primary, with social approaches and subjective accompaniments.” This is due to “the commotion of daily life and its consequences” due to the outbreak of the virus.

In this sense, he explained that in the residence in Eva Perón they mainly focus on emergency work, attending to the situations of the mental health guard of the hospital, but they also maintain other devices such as external consulting and interconsultations. Likewise, there are other collective spaces such as the radio workshop and the music workshop, which he described as “a commitment to health promotion from an expanded perspective.”

To plan

Regarding his personal case, he explained that Aerolíneas Argentinas canceled his return flight, which he had taken out for the last week of April, and now he is trying to reschedule it, but there would only be a date for the end of May or from June. That is, there are no certainties about his return.

“The Chancellery only made us fill out a form by email, where they relieve serious situations due to the financial situation, the health situation or age. All institutions and organizations are exploited, overwhelmed, we are a lot, “he admitted.

What they want, Dotta clarified, is “a planned return schedule” to alleviate anxiety and uncertainty. “We support the government’s measures to take care of the population, but we need a rough picture of what will happen,” he asked.

Little by little, and many times from the exposure of their stories in the media, some people from Rosario manage to return to their land. Everyone is ready to go through the mandatory quarantine and relevant health screenings when they get home.

In the case of health professionals, the importance is twofold: once the 14 days have passed without symptoms, they will also serve in their posts in the health system to cope with the advance of the virus and its dire consequences. The country awaits you.

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After 2,000 dead old men, Catalua sets out to find doctors for her geritricos

“We cannot leave them alone”, the Generalitat now defends in a video aimed at community health professionals

Volunteers from the NGO Pro-Activa Open Arms transfer people ...

Volunteers from the NGO Pro-Activa Open Arms transfer older people from a residence in the center of Barcelona to a hospital.
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“Older people need you. We can’t leave them alone. We appeal to professionals who, like you, care about older people.” A month later and with more than 2,000 deaths, the Generalitat de Catalunya launched into the desperate search for health professionals to work in nursing homes, greatly diminished by the more than 5,500 infections among their health personnel and by the desertion of workers who refused to combat the coronavirus pandemic without protective measures.

The Catalan government has decided this week to recruit health personnel to make up for the lack of troops in the Catalan geritricos, whom the president, Quim Torra, already openly admits to having neglected during the first phase of the pandemic, the criticism for Covid-19 expansion.

HeCatalan Health ServiceOn Monday, it broadcast a video through internal channels – to which EL MUNDO has had access – to attract professionals appealing to their vocation of public service and implicitly recognizing the abandonment experienced by residents.

“Older people need you. They are a very vulnerable group and we cannot leave them alone. From Salud we are appealing to professionals who want to be with our elders. An appeal to professionals who, like you, people older people matter to you. If you are a professional in medicine, nurses, physiotherapy, psychology … you can add a lot of value to our elders working in both public and private residential centers. Older people need you. “

“You need to increase as much as possible”

Ace proclaims, with an emotional tone,Anna Gonzlez, the manager of Professionals of the Catalan Health Service, in the communication addressed to the health workers, to then urge them to enroll in a job bank created to recruit these new personnel.

This appeal was repeated on Wednesday, with a new message to the health workers through internal channels in which the Catalan Health System reiterates the “massive appeal to health professionals to go to work in nursing homes.” “It is necessary to increase as much as possible the number of specialists in these spaces,” admits the Generalitat in the message.

In parallel, the Generalitat admits that it will still take two more weeks to pass diagnostic tests to all the geritricos and to be able to have a real photograph of the involvement of the coronavirus in Catalan residences, in which 2,015 people have died and 5,616 cases have already been diagnosed. of Covid-19 among residents and there are 7,146 other “suspected cases”.

In addition, 5,755 workers in these centers “are isolated or have symptoms,” as the Generalitat itself acknowledges in its latest count. Hence, the massive appeal to ranks of restrooms who want to work in geritricos, both public and private.

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Italy: Professional Cyclist Pedals to Carry Medicine

“I have a bike and two legs in good shape. Doing 10 kilometers (six miles) a day is no big deal, ”Martinelli said in an interview this week. “I wanted to help the people who always support me during the season. Time to give something back. “

Martinelli joined a Facebook group called “Lodetto Solidale” (Lodetto Solidario) that people in need can go to. They can request things online, over the phone or with text messages.

The cyclist receives the orders every night and prepares the route for the following day.

“I go to the pharmacy and when I get there I put on gloves and a mask,” I say. “If I go for three or four people, there is less risk of contagion.”

Lodetto has just 1,500 inhabitants and everyone knows who Martinelli is. Or rather, who is his father.

Giuseppe Martinelli is one of the most successful cycling team managers in Italy. He worked with figures like Marco Pantani and Vincenzo Nibali when they won the Tour de France and several Giros de Italia.

Martinelli’s father said that what his son is doing “is a step above a victory for one of my riders, because it is something that gratifies him and because he is part of our family.”

Davide is part of Giuseppe’s Astana team, who says he had nothing to do with his son’s initiative. He only gave him a father’s advice: “I told him‘ take care of yourself. Don’t touch anyone. Wear a mask and gloves when you go to the pharmacy. ’”

Martinelli is 26 years old and a long time ahead in cycling. For now, he has won only a couple of stages in minor races, both in 2016. His gesture has given him much more recognition than the one he earned as a cyclist.

Davide Martinelli

Lodetto has just 1,500 inhabitants and everyone knows who Martinelli is. Or rather, who is his father. Giuseppe Martinelli is one of the most successful cycling team managers in Italy.

Lodetto has just 1,500 inhabitants and everyone knows who Martinelli is. Or rather, who is his father. Giuseppe Martinelli is one of the most successful cycling team managers in Italy.

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Athletes cannot train for the duration of the confinement decreed by the authorities. “Don’t think for a moment that you do this for training,” said the father. “Eight out of ten times he goes out in normal shoes and uses his mountain bike. And we are talking about 30 or 40 minutes twice a day, sometimes once ”.

That is nothing for a professional cyclist.

“I do not deny that going out and breathing fresh air relaxes me”said Davide Martinelli, who risks his life for the coronavirus. “Yes, there is a danger of contagion when I go to the pharmacy, but you can’t think about it. When you decide to do something, you have to do it without thinking too much ”.

Many other athletes have supported campaigns against the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, but most do so financially.

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