The health adviser of US President Donald Trump does not see the USA in the coronavirus crisis ready for a return to professional sports. “I would like to have all sports back,” said director of the National Institute for Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci, in a New York Times interview released on Tuesday.
“But as a health official, doctor and scientist, I have to say that if you look at the country, we are not yet ready to do it.” In some sports, it was possible to do this. “But at the moment we are not.”
No country in the world has more coronavirus cases than the United States with over a million confirmed infected people. The major sports leagues have either been interrupted since mid-March or have postponed their start to the season. The only exception is the NFL, which only starts in September, but at least the season preparation has to be different than usual.
Fauci emphasized the need for a vaccine to be able to think about spectators in the stands. But even without a spectator, protecting the players and people involved is a difficult task, he said. “If you can’t guarantee safety, you’ll have to bite the bullet and say,” We may have to do without this sport this season, “” he said.