Struggling for the return of football and basketball. The directors of the Premier League in football and basketball wrote a letter to Sports Minister Hili Troper, Health Minister Yuli Edelstein, Finance Minister Israel Katz and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu regarding the return of training during the closure period.
“The meaning of stopping the activities of professional football and basketball in Israel is fatal and has serious consequences for professional sports in Israel, for the 5,000 families who make a living from the industry (which were severely affected by the previous closure), for club revenues that will hurt hundreds of millions of shekels, for public morale. This and the management of the industries under these conditions, the flight of foreign players abroad, inequality between clubs that can train and those who are in closure, impossible schedules, etc.
Unlike other industries, which will “raise the counter” and return to activity immediately after the closure, football and basketball take about two weeks (and even more) to “return to fitness” that will allow athletes to return to fitness and prevent damage to their health. On October 4, we will not be able to return to activity before the beginning of November, which could be the “last nail in the coffin for football and basketball in Israel.”
“We believe that these damages can be greatly reduced without requiring a broad policy change, endangering the public or setting a precedent for reducing the general closure of other parts of the economy. We therefore seek to allow professional athletes to return to training during the closure period. And a significant reduction in the expected damage to the sport, its practitioners and the fans. “
“Just as the playing teams in Europe were allowed to hold games and training (and it was appropriate to do so), and just as in other sectors of the economy some workers (about 600 players in total) were allowed to take care of the workplace and maintain it so it should be given to the professional players.” Extension – permission to return to training immediately in order to maintain the fitness of these industries and allow the games to be returned on 17.10 “.
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