Global Return to Sport Daily Update

Each morning over the coming weeks and months we will bring you a daily summary of how sport is handling a return to activity in the wake of Covid-19.

GLOBAL HEALTH

The International Olympic Committee and the World Health Organisation have signed a new cooperation agreement which will see both strengthen efforts to promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles as a tool for health.

FOOTBALL

Premier League Shareholders yesterday voted unanimously to return to small-group training from this afternoon, the first step towards restarting the Premier League, when safe to do so.

Step One of the Return to Training Protocol enables squads to train while maintaining social distancing. Contact training is not yet permitted.

This first stage has been agreed in consultation with players, managers, Premier League club doctors, independent experts and the Government.

Strict medical protocols of the highest standard will ensure everyone returns to training in the safest environment possible.

The health and wellbeing of all participants is the Premier League’s priority, and the safe return to training is a step-by-step process.

Full consultation will now continue with players, managers, clubs, the PFA and LMA as protocols for full-contact training are developed.

FOOTBALL

The Scottish Premier League announced yesterday that, following consultation with all 12 top-flight clubs, the Board of the SPFL has determined that the 2019/20 Ladbrokes Premiership has been concluded with immediate effect.

As with the Ladbrokes Championship, Ladbrokes League One and Ladbrokes League Two competitions, final season placings have been determined by points per game in league matches played to 13 March 2020 by each club.

The decision means that Celtic are crowned 2019/20 champions and Hearts have been relegated to the Ladbrokes Championship.

The same decision has been made in Belgium where Club Brugge have been declared the winners of the Belgian Pro League.

FOOTBALL

There have been no positive tests to emerge from the first weekend of action in the German Bundesliga.

Players from Hertha berlin were cautioned over their goal celebrations which did not adhere to social distance guidelines but no punitive action has been taken against them.

Read our review of the first games back and their wider meaning here.

 

 

 

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