Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has received representations this week from the authorities of the first division clubs Flamengo and Vasco da Gama to discuss possible measures that could be implemented so that soccer can resume its agenda.
The Flamengo delegation featured club President Rodolfo Landim, Doctor Márcio Tannure and Director Aleksander Santos. Before the meeting with Bolsonaro, they had taken part in an event with Senator Flávio Bolsonaro, as reported by Games Magazine Brasil.
Bolsonaro has reiterated on multiple occasions that he wants to resume the sports calendar, despite the recommendations of the health authorities and opposition from Rio de Janeiro Mayor Marcelo Crivella and Governor Wilson Witzel.
Given the difficulties to train in Rio, the clubs will consider the possibility of carrying out their activities in the capital Brasilia. On Tuesday, Flamengo players resumed training in Ninho do Urubu without prior notice or authorization. When asked about their presidents’ trip to Brasilia, both teams said that they were unaware of such a thing.
In late April, the Mané Garrincha stadium in Brasilia offered its facilities to continue the Carioca Championship. This week’s meeting’s goal was to discuss the proposal, which would allow both teams to train and play in the same place during the pandemic.
After the meeting, Crivella reiterated that activities such as sports events are still not included on the list of businesses that can operate.
Last week, the mayor banned gambling at local lottery agencies, aiming to avoid big crowds and queues. “A lot of people haven’t realized that they need to avoid crowds and stay home. They can go outside only to do essential jobs or meet urgent needs. By unnecessarily exposing yourself, you’re increasing the risk. Our intention is to prevent that,” he said.