Italian football teams have received permission from the government to resume training from Monday.
The government had initially declared that, as of May 4, citizens will be able to exercise in parks and athletes involved in individual sports will be able to start training again when they begin to lift blocking restrictions.
Team sports were forced to wait two more weeks before the training centers were opened again, but regions of Italy, such as Campania, Emilia-Romagna, Lazio and Sardinia, gave the endorsement for the athletes to return on May 4.
Many other regions were prepared to follow suit, prompting sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora to write to the scientific committee urging them to consider opening training centers for team sports. The Italian government accepted that it would be unfair to prevent other athletes from training and agreed to give permission.
Now Serie A clubs will be able to return to individual training until May 17, after which group practice is expected to resume.
Sassulo and Roma have already confirmed that they will begin individual training sessions and medical assessments next week, after the regions have lifted restrictions.
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The Italian first division is likely to resume the 2019-20 campaign after all 20 clubs voted to do so whenever possible at an emergency meeting on Friday, although this depends on government approval.
While Belgium, the Netherlands and France canceled the rest of the campaign, the leagues in Italy, England, Germany and Spain are exploring the possibility of returning soon.
The president of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC), Gabriele Gravina, warned against the premature end of the season, insisting that it would kill the sport in the country.
"As long as I am president of FIGC, I will never end the season because that would be the death of Italian football," Gravina said this week in a virtual meeting with the Serie B Ascoli team.
“I am protecting everyone's interests, so I repeat, I refuse to end a total shutdown, unless there are objective conditions related to the health of everyone involved, but someone needs to tell me clearly and prevent me from moving forward. "
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