Italian football federation (FIGC) is hopeful of resuming Serie A by May 2 after it was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. Italy remains in lockdown with its death toll reportedly nearing 3,000 due to the deadly virus. Also Read - IIT Roorkee Develops Low-Cost Face Shields For Tackling COVID-19
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Despite the ongoing health crisis, football officials expect the situation will improve in the coming few months clearing the decks for the resumption of season. Also Read - 'Go Corona Go Has Become World Famous Slogan Now', Says Ramdas Athawale on His Viral Video
“I don’t even want to think that we won’t start again, it would be a hiatus, it would worry me for our country,” Gabriele Gravina, president of FIGC, told Italian radio. “We’re working on the hypothesis of starting again on May 2 and completing the championships possibly going into July if we don’t achieve it by June 30.”
“In the event that it’s impossible to use all the windows as planned, we will resort to a change in the format of the competitions,” he added.
All continental events in European football have been put on hold with Euro 2020 Championships postponed till next year.
“We don’t want to penalise anyone, but just as we evaluate format changes in the event of a reduction of the windows to play, so UEFA must do so by remodelling the Champions and Europa League,” Gravina said.
Italy’s sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora has also backed FIGC’s hypothesis saying Serie A can resume on May 3.
“At least that’s what we hope for. We will then assess whether it will be behind closed or open doors,” Spadafora said.
Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) will hold a meeting on March 26 discussing the Tokyo Olympics
“There is no deadline for the Olympics, but in the minds of those who know our world, we know that to understand if Tokyo 2020 can take place as scheduled, we cannot go beyond the last week of May or the first week of June. “Health comes first and foremost, common sense must prevail. We don’t know how long this health crisis will last,” Giovanni Malago, CONI chief, told Sky Sports Italia.