Testing debate rages amid hopes for German football return in May

first_img Promoted Content6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearTop 10 Must-Know Facts About Ivanka TrumpNothing Compares To Stargazing Places Around The WorldA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now “Even if the 36 clubs were to test their staff every two days with 40-50 people involved, we would still be at less than half a percent of the testing capacity,” ALM board member Dr. Evangelos Kotsopoulos told German daily Bild. “I also cannot imagine that the intention of the clubs is to use tests that would be medically necessary for other people.” According to Bild, ALM’s figures for the 107 laboratories that most recently supplied data show testing has increased to 110,000 per day for a total of 550,000 tests per week. However, there are also concerns about the quality of some testing. Spiegel magazine reported Friday that 30 players and staff at Eintracht Frankfurt underwent two types of testing at the same time after two players and two coaches became infected. In seven cases – almost a quarter of the samples – the results differed. There are also voices within German football who question the return of the Bundesliga during the pandemic. Read Also: Serie A: Maldini reveals conditions to stay at AC Milan “An imminent continuation of the season would be sheer mockery of the rest of society,” said supporters’ group Fanszenen Deutschlands in a statement on Thursday. “Professional football has long been sick enough and should continue to be quarantined.” In a sign of potential opposition from players, Bayern Munich defender Niklas Suele told AFP subsidiary SID in an interview “there are many more important things than football at the moment”. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… The Bundesliga hopes to get the go-ahead from the German government to resume in May, yet a debate is raging as to whether there will be enough testing available for the coronavirus to keep players safe. The German Football League (DFL) hopes the Bundesliga can resume in May, at venues like Munich’s Allianz Arena, albeit with fans locked out. League football was suspended in mid-March in Germany until at least April 30 to help limit the spread of the virus, but the German Football League (DFL) hopes matches can resume early next month. If the authorities give the green light, the Bundesliga could be the first top European league to restart and could potentially make German football the focus of a global audience. One proposal is for games to be played behind closed doors without spectators – dubbed ‘ghost games’ in German – with each of the 36 clubs in the top two tiers testing their players, coaches and backroom staff every three to four days. Only those players or staff who test positive for the coronavirus would be quarantined – not entire teams – with the league hoping the season can be completed by June 30. The date is important as it would secure around 300 million euros ($326 million) from television deals alone, which could reportedly save some clubs from insolvency. However, the plan to resume next month would require around 20,000 tests spread across the 36 teams – 18 clubs in the Bundesliga and the same number in the second tier. There are concerns that testing footballers would put unnecessary strain on the health system in Germany, which has 133,830 official cases of coronavirus and 3,868 deaths, according to Friday’s figures. “We don’t have infinite testing capacities (in Germany),” virologist Ulf Dittmer told newspaper Ruhr Nachrichten. “I don’t know whether it is ethically justifiable to carry out 20,000 tests on people who are not actually a risk group and who do not have symptoms.” – ‘Sheer mockery’ – However, a senior figure from Berlin-based Accredited Laboratories in Medicine (ALM), which oversees 200 laboratories in Germany, says they could cope with the extra demand.last_img read more

I hope some sort of training plan comes up: Vinesh Phogat

first_imgNEW DELHI: Opening of stadiums and sports complexes for athletes was among the latest guidelines issued by the government on Sunday while announcing an extension of the nationwide lockdown that is in place to stem the spread of coronavirus. And ace wrestler Vinesh Phogat believes that stadiums had to be opened up for training sooner than later as sportspersons would otherwise start getting frustrated at home.However, there is still uncertainty over a number of topics — it is yet to be made clear as to whether the complexes are open for competitions or training and the fate of contact sports like wrestling is yet to be ascertained. Vinesh feels that regardless of all, there hopefully is a decision soon enough for resumption of training at some level. “At the moment it really is not possible to know till what time this pandemic is going to go on and we can’t stop our lives for it,” Vinesh told IANS on Monday. “Yes, we have to be careful but something has to be done, till when can athletes just sit in one place. “The situation is now getting a little desperate because there is no training. We can think about competitions later but there is even no training and that is very frustrating.” Vinesh has been training at home with her sister for a sparring partner. “But without a mat it is not the same. At the same time, I can’t really do anything else. I can go to the place where I usually go to train, no one comes there but that is a risk, so I am avoiding that. Plus there are no competitions and so I am not pushing myself too much either. I am just using the time to keep myself fit,” said the 2018 Asian Games gold medallist. Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju had said that the resumption of training will begin in a phased manner with those who have qualified for the postponed Tokyo Olympics and those who are close to qualification being given preference. Vinesh is one of the most prominent athletes in this category, having qualified for the Games at the 2019 wrestling World Championships and is seen as a medal contender. She was in the home run of her preparations for Tokyo 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic took the world by storm and the Games itself got postponed by a year. Like most people, the 25-year-old initially thought that the lockdown, which was first imposed in March, will be over in just over a fortnight. “No one knows how long this is going to take so we can’t continue to sit at home and train. What if it all comes to an end by the end of the year and it becomes absolutely sure that the Olympics will take place in July next year. You can’t prepare for an Olympics in such a short time period, so I hope some sort of a training plan comes up. For now, my coach keeps sending me training plans for the entire week and I follow it.” The risk of the virus, however, has hardly gone away from the country — over 96,000 cases of infections have been reported and more than 3000 have died. “The complexes may be opened but obviously, entry should be restricted,” said Vinesh. “It’s not like the virus has dissappeared so now anybody and everybody can enter the stadium. Yes, spectators can’t come but even among athletes, only those who truly need to train for big competitions, should be given priority,” she said. “Plus those that come with us, the coaches and others, all of them need to be taken into consideration. A lot of planning needs to be done.” Vinesh said that the training routines at home is as much a help for her mental health as it is for her body. “The thing about athletes who are at this level is that, if we are kept away from training for a prolonged period then that mindset and mentality that is needed to perform goes away,” said Vinesh. “I am not used to staying at one place like this at all. That’s why I am continuing to train as much as possible or else I’ll be punching the wall in frustration. That is one of the main reasons why I am training at home, to keep myself calm and focussed.” IANSlast_img read more

Ondo, Lagos Qualify for 2017 Milo Basketball Championship National Finals

first_imgGreater Tomorrow International College, Akoko, Ondo State and Wesley Girls Secondary School, Lagos, have emerged champions at the just concluded Western Conference of the 2017 Milo Basketball Championship.Greater Tomorrow International College, Akoko, Ondo State won in the male category after defeating Greenlands Academy, Abeokuta, finishing 43 – 38. While in the female category, Wesley Girls Secondary School, Lagos overcame their Oyo counterpart, Yejide Girls Grammar School, Ibadan, with a 32 – 24 finish. The final games at the Akure Township Stadium closed the conference stage, which saw both Ondo and Lagos State set to represent the Western Conference in the male and female categories respectively. Both teams will now link up with other conferences’ champions at the National finals which will kick-off in Lagos on June 11.Milo is a brand that is known for building future champions, using sports as a metaphor to teach school children important life skills such as determination, confidence, discipline, teamwork and respect. Milo is committed to sustaining the development of grassroots sports in Nigeria.Director School Services, Ondo state Ministry of Education, Mr. Fola Dara, commended Nestle Milo for creating such an inspiring platform for Nigerian secondary school students.“I congratulate Nestle Milo for shouldering the responsibilities of organising the competition. Your sacrifices have shown to all and sundry the significance of sports as a unifying force. I have no doubt in my mind that these momentous efforts of yours are in the right direction of nurturing talented students for the future.” He remarked.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Charm school

first_imgEtiquette coach Aleta Pottenger talks to members of the Society of Women Engineers Tuesday in The Forum of the Ronald Tutor Campus Center, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., about how to act appropriately in business situations and how to network effectively.Katherine Montgomery | Daily Trojanlast_img