US sport – Biden calls on clubs not to reopen stadium at full capacity

US sport – Biden calls on clubs not to reopen stadium at full capacity
US sport – Biden calls on clubs not to reopen stadium at full capacity

At a time when the American clubs are delighted to fill their stands again, the president urges them to be extremely careful.

Posted today at 15:01

AFP

American sports clubs would be making a mistake if they decided to ignore the science and allow the public to return to stadiums operating at full capacity, without scrupulously respecting the health measures to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, said Joe Biden . The President of the United States thus estimated that the Texas Rangers baseball team was not showing “responsibility” by agreeing to fill its stadium 100% for the opening game of the season. The National Federation of American Football (NFL) for its part clarified that it intended to organize matches in early September in crowded arenas.

“This is the decision they made. I think that’s a mistake, ”said Joe Biden of Rangers’ choice to fill their stadium with 40,300 seats. “They should listen to Doctor (Anthony) Fauci, the scientists and the experts. But I think that’s not responsible, ”said Joe Biden, in an interview with sports channel ESPN, broadcast Wednesday night. He also recalled the importance of wearing a mask and respecting health instructions to prevent the spread of the virus, which has so far caused the death of some 500,000 Americans, including 50,000 in Texas.

“Look at what is happening in Europe”

“Regarding the responsibility (editor’s note: to open the stadiums to full capacity), look at what is happening in the countries of Europe where they have ended the ban. I do not understand why we do not respect science in order to fully triumph over this epidemic, ”added the president.

The Washington Nationals baseball team announced this week that five players will miss the inaugural game of the season, Thursday against the New York Mets, in order to comply with Covid health protocol. Among them, a player who tested positive whose name has not been revealed. The team in the US federal capital plans to accommodate 5,000 people in its stadium, or 12% of its total capacity.

“My job is not trivial. Would I take the vaccine if I thought it was going to hurt me? ”

Joe Biden

Asked what he would say to athletes who do not want to be vaccinated, Biden replied, “I am the President of the United States and I have been vaccinated. My job is not insignificant, however. Would I take the vaccine if I thought it was going to hurt me? We have done incredible research on vaccines and it has shown that they work. We need to get to the point where enough people get vaccinated to stop the virus from spreading ”.

Tennis players Elina Svitolina and Aryna Sabalenka, who play this week’s Miami tournament, said they were reluctant to get the shot, including expressing concern over how quickly the vaccines had been brought to market.

AFP

Posted today at 15:01

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