ROME | A thousand people will be able to attend all outdoor sports competitions in Italy from Sunday, the Italian Sports Minister announced on Friday, on the eve of the resumption of the football championship.
“From the semi-finals and final” of the tennis tournament in Rome, scheduled for Sunday and Monday, “a thousand spectators will be able to attend all the sports competitions which will take place outdoors and which will scrupulously respect the sanitary rules”, indicates Vincenzo Spadafora in a written message.
The minister does not mention any other sport than tennis, but this decision could potentially allow Juventus to start their Serie A season in front of a thousand tifosi, Sunday night against Sampdoria.
To be able to partially open, the organizers of sporting events will have to respect the “rules laid down for spacing, masks, seat reservations”, specifies the minister.
This decision must be formalized “in the coming hours”, he adds, seeing it “a first step, but a significant step towards a return to normalcy in sport, which we hope for soon”.
The organizers of the Masters 1000 in Rome, which marks Rafael Nadal's return to competition after more than six months without official matches, had denounced a “huge injustice” of having to play behind closed doors, while Roland-Garros, which begins in less than ten days, can accommodate spectators.
In football, the clubs, economically asphyxiated by the end of the competitions in the spring and the absence of an audience, also demanded a gradual reopening of the stadiums.