Sports facilities could reopen shortly: Minister

Interviewed by TVP Sport, the Minister of Sport Danuta Dmowska-Andrzejuk, stated that the country could begin opening up sports facilities again starting from April 20th.

The Minister stated that the foremost sport stars will be prioritised during the process of "unfreezing" Polish athletes. The Central Sports Centres, sports halls run by the Ministry of Sport and Tourism, dedicated to helping athletes prepare for the Olympic Games would be the first sports halls to be opened.

All sports competitions in Poland came to a halt as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country started to climb by mid-March. The country’s top leagues for volleyball, basketball, handball and ice hockey finished their seasons prematurely while the top-division in football, the PKO Ekstraklasa, postponed its remaining fixtures.

Minister Danuta Dmowska-Andrzejuk assured the reporters that she has a plan to "unfreeze" Polish sport, saying “the ministry and I are waiting for the green light all the time. We are prepared and I have made a proposal on how we could slowly "unfreeze" our athletes, with an emphasis on the most outstanding ones”.

The Central Sports Centres would be the first to open up again but under strict conditions. The number of athletes will have to be limited and special measures need to be introduced.

The Minister stated that the facilities will initially be open to small groups of five. She also stressed that everything will be disinfected, before and after the training session. Restrictions will also be put on how the athletes move around the sports hall, making sure that social distancing measures are continuously upheld.

The date for when the Central Sports Centres will be opened will depend on the recommendation of Minister of Health Łukasz Szumowski. Ms. Dmowska-Andrzejuk finished the interview by stating “everything is frozen until April 19 and then we will see”.