Sport Roland-Garros. Guy Forget: "We still hope to have 5,000 spectators"
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French Open battles gloom as bad weather loomsPARIS (Reuters) - The French Open starts on Sunday with an ever-shrinking number of spectators allowed at Roland Garros, the players facing tight restrictions and bad weather threatening to wreak havoc during the fortnight.
Roland Garros manager Guy Forget said he has yet to receive any new restrictions on hosting spectators. The announcements were made at a press conference held on the sidelines of the tournament draw.
"We always hope to have 5,000 spectators" , declared the director ofGuy Forget Thursday, the day after the announcement of new assembly restrictions by the in France. "We have not received any notification at the time I am speaking to you from the government or the police headquarters. For the moment, we are on this 5,000-seat gauge. Discussions will take place in the coming hours, I hope, to see under what conditions " will organize the Parisian Grand Slam, exceptionally postponed to the fall and which opens on Sunday.
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On Wednesday evening, the Minister of Health Olivier Véran"Everyone wears a mask" , instead of 5,000, of the maximum level for major events in the eleven metropolises in "enhanced alert zone" , including Paris, from Saturday. And had referred to a consultation between the prefect and local elected officials to detail its application.
"We are able to accommodate this population, no matter how small, for the moment 5,000 people, on a 12 hectare stadium. We are waiting to see the development of the file in the coming hours, or until tomorrow (Friday), to see how we will start and make this tournament go, ", added Forget.
"Even if we have to be extremely careful, we have all the guarantees that this tournament will take place under the maximum safety conditions ," he insisted. We are responsible, but all of this has to be done with government approval. The tournament is played on the equivalent of fifteen outdoor soccer fields. […] Everyone wears a mask, even ball collectors and chair umpires ”, he again pleaded.
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