All sports are not equal in the face of the virus

DECRYPTION – Football, rugby, cycling … how the different sports have made their comeback after months of shutdown due to Covid-19.

Masked spectators cheer on Remco Evenepoel of the Deceunick Quick Step team during the fifth stage of the Tour de Burgos last Saturday in Spain.  The start of the 107th Tour de France will take place on August 29, in Nice.
Masked spectators cheer on Remco Evenepoel of the Deceunick Quick Step team during the fifth stage of the Tour de Burgos last Saturday in Spain. The start of the 107th Tour de France will take place on August 29, in Nice. Sirotti / Icon Sport

Months of waiting. Never in peacetime has sport had to endure such a halt. Canceled competitions, postponed Olympic Games, dislocated seasons … The Coronavirus pandemic has upset the calendars and forced the different disciplines to adapt. With varying degrees of success and diligence. Overview.

● Football, sport in a hurry

The curious paradox. While the other major European championships (England, Spain, Italy and Germany) have just ended and the Champions League is about to resume service – from August 7 to 23 – to complete its 2019-2020 vintage, the Ligue 1, it will not restart until August 21 with a duel between Marseille and Saint-Etienne already eagerly awaited. A return of the French championship, but not a return of the round ball which, in the end, has not stopped turning since mid-May in a tangle of matches behind closed doors. So much so that it was sometimes difficult to navigate with the days spread out

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