With the coronavirus pandemic bringing sporting world to standstill, the organisers are pondering over the future of various tournaments, exploring all possible options. Also Read - 'Totally Personal Matter, Will Sleep if I Want to,' Says Mamata Banerjee on PM's 'Blackout' Call
The president of Italian football federation Gabriele Gravina has has said that Serie A, country’s top-flight competition, could be spread out over two seasons to bring the current one to a proper conclusion. Also Read - IMF Chief Warns of Recession Worse Than 2008 Global Financial Crisis
“If it isn’t possible to bring the leagues to a conclusion, we will opt for other decisions,” Gravina was quoted as saying by news agency Reuters. “It isn’t ruled out that the current season could be spread out over two different seasons.” Also Read - Godwoman Radhe Maa Contributes Rs 10 Lakh to PM-CARES Fund as India Fights Coronavirus More Aggressively
However, Gravina did say that they aren’t in a position to say anything conclusively. “I understand that there is a lot of curiosity, but today nobody is in a position to say what our future holds,” he said.
Italy will also back the idea of postponing 2020 European Championships to next year which is scheduled to be hosted across 12 countries. “The postponement of the European Championships is the idea to follow,” Gravina said.
In Italy all sporting events have been suspended following a lockdown after the alarming rate with which coronavirus has spread across the country.
UEFA, European football’s governing authority, is to hold a meeting with various stakeholders including representatives of national federations, leagues and clubs on Tuesday. “Tomorrow we will ask for an act of responsibility from UEFA and all the Federations, to follow a path that seeks to protect the health of the athletes and fans across the world,” Gravina said.
Euro 2020 is scheduled to get underway from June 12 with the final on July 12.