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Sport V'landys roasts doctors over NRL crowd call

10:42  29 may  2020
10:42  29 may  2020 Source:   wwos.nine.com.au

V'landys 'very confident' crowds will return

  V'landys 'very confident' crowds will return ARLC chairman Peter V'landys said he's confident crowds will return at some point during the revamped 2020 NRL season. The NRL season is set to resume on May 28 after the competition was suspended back in March due to the coronavirus outbreak.As states across Australia ease lockdown restrictions, protocols surroundings crowds and large venues are yet to be significantly lifted.

Australian Rugby League Commission chairman Peter V ' landys said recently he was hoping capped crowds could be back in stadiums in just over a But while Berejiklian is happy to see the NRL resume, she doubts crowds will be back as early as July 1. "I can't see that happening on that date

The NRL has outlined plans to have capped crowds back at NRL matches, with numbers dependent on the stadium size. But Australia's chief association for doctors and medical practitioners said any plan to have crowds back at suburban grounds was a “huge” risk to public health amid the coronavirus.

a man wearing a suit and tie smiling and looking at the camera: ARLC chairman Peter V'landys. © AAP ARLC chairman Peter V'landys. ARLC chairman Peter V'landys has increased the pressure for crowds to be allowed back at NRL games, calling criticism from medical figures "cliches with fear".

V'landys has declared his intention to have crowds back at NRL matches by July despite ongoing coronavirus concerns, but the medical response was damning.

"Put bluntly, this absurd and dangerous idea belongs in the sin bin," Australian Medical Association president Tony Bartone said in a statement.

"The NRL should be satisfied that it has its competition back in action, but it is unfair and unwise to put the health of the game's fans at risk."

'We acted too quickly': Peter V'landys regrets suspending NRL season during COVID-19 crisis

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Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) chairman Peter V ' landys is hoping capped crowds can return to the NRL as soon as July amid the coronavirus "We based our return on analysis and information on infection rates and how the coronavirus really caused the damage it did," V ' landys said

National Rugby League plans to have limited crowds at matches by the start of July was described as "absurd" and "dangerous" by the head of the Australian FILE PHOTO: The South Sydney Rabbitohs of the National Rugby League ( NRL ) train amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

V'landys was unbowed, firing back hard on Thursday morning.

"These medical experts didn't even look at what our proposal was. They're cliches with fear," V'landys told TODAY, with Broncos vs Eels to relaunch the season on Thursday night at a closed Suncorp Stadium.

"We have to do a risk analysis and we back up all our case with the data.

We're going to wait the next two weeks to see what he infection rate does with the relaxation of the distancing measures. We want to see what happens; is there going to be another spike, or if this very low infection rate continues.

"At the moment, it's less than half a per cent and it's been like that for nearly 40 days. When we stopped playing rugby league, it was 25.5 per cent.

"We're not Italy, we're not Spain, we're not Britain. We're Australia. We should do a risk analysis and if the risk is low to minimal, there's no reason why we shouldn't have crowds. We've got to get back to some form of normality."

Government happy to help with NRL's plan for July 1 crowds, says Chant

  Government happy to help with NRL's plan for July 1 crowds, says Chant NSW chief health officer Kerry Chant has offered the government's assistance to the NRL after Peter V'landys said the league aimed to have crowds back at stadiums on July 1.When asked whether the timeline set by ARLC chairman Peter V'landys was possible in a press conference on Monday morning, Chant said that the government would not hesitate to assist the league.

Australian Rugby League Commission chairman Peter V ' landys said recently he was hoping capped crowds could be back in stadiums in just over a But while Berejiklian is happy to see the NRL resume, she doubts crowds will be back as early as July 1. "I can't see that happening on that date

Home » Australia News » Aussie doctors say NRL … There will be no spectators on Thursday when the Brisbane Broncos host the Parramatta Eels in the first NRL match in more than nine weeks, but Australian Rugby League chairman Peter V ’ Landys hopes to lift the ban as soon as social distancing

a man wearing a suit and tie: ARLC chairman Peter V'landys and ex-NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg after the NRL shut down. © AAP ARLC chairman Peter V'landys and ex-NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg after the NRL shut down.

V'landys said that the NRL would have modest crowd targets and employ stringent health measures for spectators.

"People will be kept apart 1.5 metres. In a stadium that might fit 50-60,000 people, you might get 10,000 people," V'landys said.

"We'll have pretty harsh biosecurity measures. We'll have thermal cameras taking everyone's temperatures. We'll be checking all their health etcetera and we would hope that they've all got the (COVID-19) app.

"The risk is absolutely minimal and if the risk is minimal, I can't see any reason why we can't do it. We'll be pushing our case with governments in the next two to three weeks once we have this data."

a man in a suit standing in front of a screen: Peter FitzSimons takes aim at the government over the NRL's relaunch. © Provided by Wide World of Sports Peter FitzSimons takes aim at the government over the NRL's relaunch.

V'landys admitted that a positive test within an NRL crowd or team could be a significant setback.

"But that's anywhere in the community," he said.

"Our expert tells us it's 1000/1 to catch it. It's all about risk. If you leave your home and you go in a car, there's a 1000/1 chance you're going to have a car accident.

"If we took that philosophy, we wouldn't leave our house, we wouldn't leave under the bed. Everyone takes risks every day of their lives and it's the level of risk that we have to take."

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