Covid 19, with its new variants and waves, returns to lengthen its threatening shadows also on the world of sport, which after two ‘suspended’ years has restarted at full capacity but remains vulnerable. The positivity of Matteo Berrettiniwhich excludes him from the Wimbledon tournament on the day of the expected debut, is one of the cases, albeit sensational, that have emerged in recent days, while the anxiety grows and in the days of the resumption of work, with the rallies, the players find the tampon routine.
Just a few days ago, ai Waterpolo World Championships in BudapestItaly could not face the Canada in their eliminatory round due to various positivity among North American athletes. An alarm soon returned and that has not had any aftermath in the swimming event underway in Hungary, not even in the other disciplines, but there are many great events that come to terms with the new situation. In London, the third slam of the season had already seen the renunciation due to the positivity of the Croatian Marin Cilic, which is now added to that of last year’s finalist. The first, however, had trained days ago with the outgoing champion, the unvaccinated Novak Djokovicwhile the blue had crossed the racket with Rafa Nadal.
Next Friday, in the meantime, the Tour de France from Copenhagen, and there is already an abandonment for positivity, that of the not very illustrious Belgian Tim Declerq, of Quick Step. And the fears of contagion are growing, as the French Romain Bardet tweeted: “First stress-test: getting on a crowded plane when 90% of passengers are without a mask”. While all the teams are taking precautions to minimize the risk of contagion, the director of Jumbo-Visma, Merijn Zeeman, he says he is convinced Covid will affect the result of the race. This has already happened at the Tour of Switzerland, where at least 40 riders were excluded due to the disease.
A real storm of cases has hit the rugby world, with the main national teams, from the All Blacks to Ireland, from England to France, which have reported one more positive cases in view of the summer test matches. Football is at a standstill but with the resumption of the rallies it is preparing to face again an opponent who seemed to have thrown in the towel, at least in the months kicking. Each player, upon returning from vacation, has a control pad among the first mandatory commitments. For Italy, the anti-covid protocol updated on 30 April last is still in force, but in view of a championship that will start already on 12 August – and which will then see the long autumn break for the World Cup – the teams have the greatest interest in making the players make as regular a preparation as possible.