U.S. sport can resume, but behind closed doors, says U.S. chief expert

Sport in the United States will only be able to resume behind closed doors, the director of the American Institute of Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci, a member of the Presidential Coronavirus Crisis Task Force, said on Wednesday.

“There is a way to do it,” said the immunologist in the “Good Luck America” program broadcast on the social network Snapchat. “No one comes to the stadium. Put ’em (the jocks) in big hotels, wherever you want to play.” “Keep watching them closely, test them almost every week, make sure they don’t end up contaminating each other or their families and let them finish the season,” the 79-year-old expert added, once again taking the opposite view from US President Donald Trump, who on Tuesday called for “sports to resume” “quickly, very quickly” and “for people to sit next to each other” in halls and stadiums.

The bosses of the major professional leagues, to whom Trump explained his point of view during a conference call on April 4, are waiting to see how the epidemic evolves before deciding between the different options for resumption and are also leaning towards a restart behind closed doors.

The NBA , the first American major league to suspend its season on March 11, after the positive test of Utah Jazz French fulcrum Rudy Gobert, is considering ending its season in Las Vegas or the Bahamas. The presence or absence of an audience will also depend on the green light from local authorities, who are not all on the same wavelength as the American president.

New York mayor Bill de Blasio believes that sports competitions and concerts “should be one of the last things to resume”. “The last thing we should be doing is gathering 10,000, 20,000, 50,000 people in one place,” he told CNN on Wednesday.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti also said Monday that his city may not host large gatherings until next year.
The United States is the country most mourning the pandemic, with nearly 28,000 people dead.