French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has said his government continues to be against the resumption of professional sports in the country.Also Read - Assam Tightens COVID Curbs, Non-Vaccinated People Banned From Visiting Public Places
The announcement means that major sports events in France will remain suspended till at least June 21. Also Read - Budget Session 2022: Covid Rules To Be Implemented Again, President's Address On January 31
All professional sports competitions in France have been halted due to the coronavirus pandemic and Philippe reckons that it’s still not safe enough to restart the events. Also Read - As Omicron Situation Gets Better in UK, PM Boris Johnson Lifts Covid-19 Testing For Fully Vaccinated Travellers
“I don’t think the time has come,” Philippe was quoted as saying by news agency AFP. “I hope it will come soon, and that the start of next season can take place under normal conditions. It is not for me to pronounce on decisions of leagues and federations.”
Philippe was announcing the relaxations to the coronavirus-imposed lockdown in France.
Ligue 1, the top-flight domestic football competition in France, announced an early end to the season last month announcing leaders Paris Saint-Germain as the winners.
However, football leagues in England, Spain, Italy and Russia are preparing for a restart. On Thursday, English Premier League announced its intention to resume the season by June 17 and later on, Italian Serie A too confirmed that its plan to restart the league from June 20.
Philippe said “The championships were interrupted for two and a half months for excellent reasons” but did indicate teams could start training from June onwards while following strict guidelines.
Meanwhile, parks, bars and restaurants in France will be allowed to reopen as part of relaxation in lockdown measures.
More than 28,000 people have so far died in the country due to the deadly coronavirus.