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US News Coronavirus. Gyms and swimming pools will remain open for minors in clubs

21:05  25 september  2020
21:05  25 september  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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The Ministry of Sports announced on Friday that gymnasiums and swimming pools would remain open for minors who practice in clubs and associations. What to relieve amateur sport, after the announcements of the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, Wednesday.

Gyms and swimming pools will remain open for minors who practice in clubs and associations, a small relief for amateur sport paralyzed since Wednesday evening by the prospect of a total closure of equipment. The announcement was made by the Ministry of Sports after a meeting Friday morning with the entire sports world.

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Wednesday evening in fact, the Minister of Health Olivier Véran had announced the closure of sports halls and gymnasiums in the ten French cities in enhanced alert zone: Paris, Lille, Toulouse, Saint-Etienne, Rennes , Rouen, Grenoble, Montpellier, Bordeaux, Lyon and Nice. The announcement had the effect of a cold shower in the world of amateur sport, which since the start of the school year has been feverishly resuming after the long shutdown due to confinement, followed by a timid recovery just before the summer holidays.

"Panic" and "blow of bamboo for part of our clubs" , then slipped Denis Lafoux, general manager of the federation of sports clubs, while the decrease in the number of licensees is estimated between 20 and 30% by the National Sports Agency (ANS). Cruel irony, the very morning of this announcement, on the occasion of the national day of school sport, "under the theme of health and resumption of activity" , Jean-Michel Blanquer (Education) and Roxana Maracineanu (Sports) made a trip on the subject.

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Adults only outdoors

Since the start of the school year, the Minister of Sports, now under the supervision of the Ministry of National Education, spared no efforts to explain that the clubs respected health protocols and that it was necessary to resume sports activity. In addition, the assertion by the Minister of Health that gymnasiums and sports halls (the gyms remain closed) were "important places of contamination" had difficulty passing.

"We do everything to have a bubble around training, the protocol is much more secure than on the terrace" , explains Nicolas Rougon, the president of the club "Paris Lutte Olympique", contact sport par excellence and who has not recorded any cases of coronavirus among its practitioners.

Emmanuelle Bonnet-Oulaldj, president of the Federation sportive et gymnique du travail (FSGT, federation omnisports), who found that a total closure was "complete nonsense" , was a little relieved after the arrangement announced on Friday for minors. "It's better, but there is also adult practice," , she explains.

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For adult practitioners in clubs, as well as for Sunday athletes who do lengths in dilettante, it will be over, for at least 15 days. They will be confined to playing sports outdoors, still in the ten cities on "heightened alert".

Exception for high level

Only adults able to continue an activity: high level athletes, such as those from Insep (National Institute of Sport, Expertise and Performance) or students in Staps (sciences and techniques of physical and sports activities).

Friday morning, the Ministry of Education had indicated that all French students would continue to have physical education and sports (EPS) classes. But all the arrangements are not yet known, discussions are underway between the prefectures and the communities. "According to the national protocol, we are open but we are waiting for the Parisian protocol" , explained Thursday evening a lifeguard to an adult who did not see very clearly in the announcements of the government and was worried to know if the swimming lesson continued.

Despite this change, in the midst of the registration period, which generally lasts until the All Saints holidays, clubs and sports associations continue to be severely affected. "Some clubs tell us about their difficulties in forming a team, and therefore participating in a championship" , explains one at Cosmos, representing employers and sports companies.

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