Italian minister to propose extending sports ban to whole of April

Italy’s sports minister said he will propose extending the ban on all competitions to the whole of April in an effort to contain the coronavirus, reports Reuters. The death toll from the coronavirus rose past 10,000 in Italy on Saturday, a figure that made an extension of a national lockdown almost certain. 

“Re-starting matches is unrealistic. Tomorrow I will propose to extend the ban on all  sports competitions, of all  levels and types, to the whole of April,” Vincenzo Spa­dafora told daily la Repubblica in an  interview. 

Italy’s top-flight Serie A soccer league has been suspended since March 9 and the Euro 2020 Championship was postponed for a year on March 17. 

Spadafora said that the suspension should be extended to all training, which has so far not been banned, amid uncertainty over when the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be held.