Wednesday marks 100 days before the Euro 2020 gets underway but the coronavirus outbreak poses a serious threat to the continental tournament. The latest iteration of the European championship will be held across 12 cities in as many different countries with 24 participants. Also Read - Coronavirus: Should Hospitals in Delhi be Reserved For Residents Only? 40% Say Yes, 60% Don’t Favour The Idea
UEFA, football’s European governing body, has maintained a positive front despite the coronavirus threatening to become a global epidemic. Also Read - Mohammed Shami Confident of Getting Reverse Swing Despite Saliva Ban in Cricket Due to COVID-19
On Monday, in an Executive Committee meeting of UEFA in Amsterdam, several items came up for discussion including how coronavirus could affect the tournament. Also Read - Coronavirus: With 2,287 New Cases Maharashtra at 72,300; Gujarat Reaches 17,632 With 415 Fresh Cases
“The focus was obviously not on coronavirus,” UEFA Executive Committee member Alexey Sorokin told Sky Sports. “Right now, the situation with the Euros is stable. There are no changes to the tournament. So, we continue our preparation the way it’s going. There’s only a few months left and we’re doing our best to receive as many fans as possible.”
He added, “The owner of the tournament is UEFA so I would leave it to UEFA to make all the necessary statements. It is our job to do our best to prepare our cities, and St Petersburg is one of them, to the best of their abilities and to give a warm welcome to all football lovers.”
UEFA on their part is monitoring the situation and will act on the guidance of World Health Organisation and national authorities.
“UEFA takes the situation linked to the coronavirus very seriously,” Sky Sports quoted UEFA as saying. “We are closely monitoring the situation and are in contact with the World Health Organisation and national authorities regarding Covid-19 and its development.”
“UEFA is also monitoring decisions by local authorities that may have an impact on matches in its competitions. And we are in contact with all clubs in relation to this.”