Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte finally allowed all professional sports including Serie A to start training again in May after two months hit by COVID-19 outbreak.
Conte said individual training could start on May 4, before team training could begin on May 18.
“I’m passionate for football,” Conte said.
“Like many Italians, I initially found it strange that the championship could be interrupted or suspended but I think that even the most ardent fan understands that there wasn’t an alternative.”
Conte said sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora have been working with scientists and sports leaders to ensure training was safe from infections.
“Then we will try to see if they can continue with the championships that are suspended. We will only reach this conclusion if it can be guaranteed that it is safe. We don’t want our athletes to get sick.”
In light of the government’s decision to allow players to train, Italian Football Federation (FIGC) has released details on a medical protocol for training.
In the protocol, each club will form a group of players, technical staff, doctors and physiotherapists who will be tested and then isolated in a summer-style training camp.
There are also plans to donate five COVID-19 test-kits for each kit used by clubs.
So far, there are 12 matches left in Serie A.