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Sister defends Court

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Paris Masters is still on

The possibility that the Paris Masters 1000 event due to start next week could be cancelled in view of the recent lockdown restrictions being imposed by tye Government in their continued fight against the coronavirus pandemic, has been allayed.

Top athletes and professional athletes will be able to continue training. And they will also be able to continue to compete since travel for professional reasons is allowed, Roxana Mărăcineanu

Sports minister Roxana Mărăcineanu has given it the green light to proceed which she announced in a speech to the country’s National Assembly yesterday declaring that despite the country going into lockdown for the next four weeks, professional sport in France would receive an exemption.

“Top athletes and professional athletes will be able to continue training. And they will also be able to continue to compete since travel for professional reasons is allowed,” said Mărăcineanu.

And in a statement from the ATP Player Relations which Slovakian player Lukas Lacko posted on his Twitter feed, it was confirmed that the French Tennis Federation (FFT) will stage the tournament behind closed doors at the Bercy Arena.

“However, further government clearance is necessary,” the ATP said in a message to “players and team members.”

“The FFT will continue to engage with the French government to confirm the ability to play behind closed doors as soon as possible and under exactly what conditions.”

Mărăcineanu’s announcement came hours after French President Emmanuel Macron said a new coronavirus lockdown would be introduced until at least December 1.

Under the new lockdown, people will need a certificate to move around. Non-essential businesses, restaurants and bars will be closed. Schools will remain open, people can go to work and care homes visits will be allowed.



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