The clubs convinced by the 35% positive threshold for the stop to the teams: “Right path”. Doubts about 25 for the squad
All that’s missing is a yes to the new anti Covid protocol for football and all team sports. A heavy yes. That of the Technical-Scientific Committee, which will meet today at 11 with a very crowded agenda. After that the agreement on the protocol baptized by the State-Regions conference can become the norm with a circular from the Ministry of Health and an operation – the federal president Gabriele Gravina said yesterday – which should start already this weekend. The new rules, first of all the one that provides for the blocking of the team group in the event that the threshold of 35 percent of positive athletes / players is exceeded, will be a mandatory indication for the local health authorities and will prevent everyone from going on their own. right in the face of emergency management. In the anti-contagion scrum package there will also be a strengthening of the control through swabs: the “high risk” contacts of the positive subject will have to undergo antigen tests every day for five days. All this regardless of one’s vaccination condition. While those “at low risk” (those who have not had direct contact with the players) will observe the indications that apply to all citizens.
The League of A made the solution its own in a club assembly in which the position of president Paolo Dal Pino was widely shared. In short, “we are on the right path”. As long as, and it is everyone’s hope, the rules set out are not undermined by a pronouncement of the scientists: “We hope – says Dal Pino – that the CTS will also embrace our vision to centrally standardize the decisions of the Local Health Authorities and reach the as short as possible to a clear application framework “. Cts which, however, informally probed, would not have highlighted major critical issues. Luigi De Siervo is also confident: “We have found a system of certain rules – says the CEO of the League – which will allow the championship to end within the set time frame, also because the calendar is so dense that there are no breaks to recover”.
If “no more than 35 percent positive to play” is the key norm, its organizational translation is yet to be defined. In the last few hours the ceiling of the 25 on which to calculate the percentage in Serie A has been questioned. It is probable that the Football Association, it will make the decision, will be able to slightly raise that limit. In any case, do not get confused: one thing is the list on which to calculate the 35 percent, another the squad in which to choose, for example in Serie A (the 25 plus the freedom of use of the Under 21s). Even basketball has yet to decide, the federation will do it with clubs and leagues, the figure dances between 12 and 14 players. Volleyball has instead settled on its norm which already responds to the logic of 35 percent: with 4 positives you stop.
For everyone or not?
The other issue still to be interpreted is that of the scope of the protocol. How far will it go as you descend from the top to the base of the pyramid of team sports activity? It has been the concern expressed by the federations, in particular by the volleyball which fears for its grassroots movement. In the approved document there is no limit, but it will be the circular of the Ministry of Health itself, with the guidelines of the Sports Department, to find the border point. Everything suggests that the picture is narrowing to national championships due to the difficulty of applying daily tests for “high-risk contacts” in provincial, regional or amateur activities.
And here is another point to establish: the times. The circular will clarify this too. Of course, on top activities, everyone hopes that the “reduce Asl” part remains as a guarantee for the championships. On the other hand, the tightening with increased controls could be more limited. But in the end, this cursed epidemiological curve will decide.
January 14, 2022 (change January 14, 2022 | 08:48)
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