French sports minister evokes Tour de France spectator ban

Paris (AFP) – French sporting activities minister Roxana Maracineanusays this year’s Tour de France could be staged without the need of spectators in a bid to battle the coronavirus pandemic.

The French authorities is in talks with Tour organisers about the long term of the June 27-July 19 edition of environment cycling’s best party which draws a lot more than 10 millions followers per year to the streets of France.

All possibilities are being viewed as such as postponement or cancellation of the function which has been raced just about every yr in peacetime considering that 1903, the minister reported.

“Everything is imaginable. We have(imposed spectator bans) for other competitions right before, even however it would not have the exact same effect because the enterprise design of the Tour would not depend on ticket revenue like football or rugby,” she informed France Bleu radio station on Wednesday.

The postponement of the Tokyo Olympics and the Euro 2020 football championships has targeted interest on the Tour which winds its way for hundreds of miles by way of the cities and villages of France in a huge loop for a few months ending on the Champs Elysees in Paris.

“I imagine that now everybody is informed and responsible about the interval of isolation we are likely by and anyone is aware of the causes and the positive aspects that it can bring to all,” she reported.

“So lastly it would not be so negative mainly because you could nonetheless watch it on Tv.”

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