The Interfederal Association of Francophone Sport (AIES) is wondering about the relevance of closing refreshments and cafeterias in the sports sector. “Neither the general public, nor representatives of the sector such as the AISF and the Association of Sports Establishments, nor the sports federations have been informed of data regarding the transmission of the virus in the sporting environment. We are asking the authorities to work on the transparency of the figures that would be in their possession, ”indicate AES and AISF in a press release released on Saturday.
The provinces of Liège, Hainaut, Luxembourg and Namur have ordered the closure of sports club refreshments from Saturday morning. The AIES and AES fear that this measure will have a fairly heavy impact on sport. Refreshments, particularly in amateur sport, are an essential source of funding for clubs.
“It seems surprising that the spread of the virus is stronger in ‘sports’ bars and cafeterias than in other bars and cafes or in bars in other associative sectors. The stigmatization of the sports sector does not seem to be based on any objective data, ”commented the two associations.
They demand “a strong gesture on the part of regional, provincial and community authorities to provide financial assistance to the sports sector at the risk of seeing some of the activities offered daily to young and old alike disappear”.