The new Covid measures announced on Monday will lead to a number of changes in the sporting world in Luxembourg.
Athletes will be subject to the 2G or 3G regime depending on their age category. Our colleagues from RTL went to see how two federations are preparing for the implementation of the new measures in practice.
The new measures in the world of sport remain hypothetical, but federations, clubs and sportsmen must already be concerned about them. If the new law comes into force with the measures announced, this implies that athletes over 18 will be vaccinated or be cured (2G). On the other hand, for professional athletes and young people aged 12 to 18, it is the 3G regime that will apply, that is to say that even if they are neither vaccinated nor cured, they could practice their effective sport a certified negative test. There are no restrictions for children under 12 years old.
In handball, officials are preparing from the start of the season for a new Covid season in order to be able to react in the event of new restrictions.
“This is why we have planned one or the other game mode, which is not optimal, to our knowledge, but so we now have validations to shift matches and play them in February.», Explains Romain Schockmel, president of the FLH, the Luxembourg handball federation.
The new law is not yet in force and therefore nothing changes this weekend for football. Only the last day of this year 2021, which will be played in mid-December, could be subject to the new measures and postponed.
“among seniors, we have already asked our clubs concerned by the last day, there are still a number of players who are not vaccinated», Specifies Paul Philipp, the president of the Luxembourg Football Federation (FLF).
When the law is passed, football players do not have a professional contract, only play under the 2G regime. This is a new situation for the FLF.
“This is also perhaps an argument to say, you now have time until after the winter break, which goes until February, and all those who want to be vaccinated by then, and then with the new law, if it is passed, we start again with this day possibly postponed.“
A spectator restriction is also in the new law, which we’ll likely know next week if it’s passed.
The report in Luxembourgish from our RTL colleagues: