CONI president requests for all sporting activities in Italy to stop until April 3

By Oliver Fisher -

All sporting events in Italy – at club, amateur and international level – are set to be suspended until April 3, pending the signature of a decree by the Italian Government.

A meeting was held today at the Foro Italico, organised by CONI (Italian Olympic Committee) president Giovanni Malagò, and attended by representatives of the Team Sports Federations, together with Secretary General Carlo Mornati.

After listening to the opinions of all those present, President Malagò publicly thanked all those involved for their co-operation and unity in trying to address the issue at hand.

The official stance is that all sports activities are suspended at all levels until April 3, 2020. The Government is required to issue a specific Prime Ministerial Decree to override the current one, which states that games can be played behind closed doors.

As per a report on the BBC, the number of people to have died from the coronavirus in Italy has shot up by 133 in a day to 366, officials say. The total number of infections leapt 25% to 7,375 from 5,883, according to the Civil Protection agency.

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