Handball, basketball, futsal, skating and volleyball return on August 22

The respective federations met today, by videoconference, with representatives of the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) and the Secretariat of State for Youth and Sport to “finalize the analysis of the Guiding Protocol on Return to Training and Competitions - Covid-19” , which makes it possible to fulfill the claims of these modalities.

Senior handball, basketball, futsal, skating and volleyball competitions will begin on August 22, without an audience, and “unrestricted” training on August 01, dates that need government approval until the end of July.

"The possibility of resumption of senior competition from August 22 is also of paramount importance for the international commitments of national teams, in order to allow their adequate preparation for national representation", recall the various modalities, in a joint statement.

These dates still need to be approved by the Council of Ministers and published in a Resolution of the Council of Ministers by the end of July.

The respective federations met today, by videoconference, with representatives of the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) and the Secretariat of State for Youth and Sport to “finalize the analysis of the Guiding Protocol on Return to Training and Competitions - Covid-19” , which makes it possible to fulfill the claims of these modalities.

These entities reveal that it was concluded that “during the current phase of conditioned training it is allowed to share the ball in the collective pavilion modalities, as long as its repeated cleaning and disinfection is guaranteed, maintaining the rule of three meters between practitioners” .

These and other preventive measures will be published in the update to DGS Guideline 030/2020, which is being finalized by this body.

The training teams will continue in the current phase of conditioned training, awaiting the result of the assessment of the gradual resumption of senior levels.

The covid-19 pandemic has already claimed more than 556 deaths and infected more than 12,36 million people in 196 countries and territories, according to a report made by the French agency AFP.

In Portugal, 1.646 people of the 45.679 confirmed as infected died, according to the most recent bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health.

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