Some 130 active athletes, such as swimmer Florent Manaudou, footballer Olivier Giroud or decathlete Kevin Mayer, or having ended their careers like Yannick Noah, have signed up to RMC radio’s call for vaccination. against the Covid.
“We are committed to getting vaccinated as soon as possible to allow a return to normal life and the holding of professional and amateur sports competitions”, explain the signatories, according to the report. communicated published on January 13 by RMC.
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“They are active or retired sportsmen, Olympic or world champions, coaches or managers, and all have answered the call to fight the Covid-19 and find their supporters,” the text continues.
Among the signatories are also the coach of the French women’s football team, Corinne Deacon, the French international Wendie Renard, the president of Paris SG, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, his counterpart from Lyon, Jean-Michel Aulas, the ex-Formula 1 driver Jean Alesi or even figure skater Gabriella Papadakis.
The world of sport in times of Covid
Since mid-October and the implementation of a curfew followed by re-containment, competitions have been played behind closed doors in French stadiums, after having experienced reduced gauges (from 1,000 to 5,000 depending on the area).
Indoors, indoor sports, such as handball, basketball and volleyball, also play without spectators, which undermines their earnings.
The issue of vaccinations for high-level athletes arises on the horizon of the Tokyo Olympics, scheduled from July 23 to August 8, some countries wanting to make it a priority population to be immunized against the coronavirus.