Benfica announced Tuesday that it will not be sending teams to the national indoor athletics championships on Saturday and Sunday and has criticized the Portuguese Athletics Federation for organizing it.
“Benfica hereby announces that the senior athletics teams for men and women will not compete in the national championship on an indoor track. This is because health comes first and has to be a top priority for everyone involved and is involved in an organization of this dimension ”, write the“ eagles ”in a statement.
Citing the “concise and totally inconclusive” responses from the Portuguese Athletics Federation (FPA) to the concerns of the “Reds” about the safety and measures that apply to nationals of clubs on an indoor track due to the Covid-19 pandemic , remember it is necessary to respect the new general restriction and promote “best practices” in order to minimize possible contagion.
“We still don’t know what hygiene measures will be taken for everyone involved. For example, will there be tests? “Asks the Lisbon Club, which also criticizes the fact that” it is not clear how the competition will take place “.
Benfica still find the chosen date “completely out of place” after the indoor-track Europeans, which ended on Sunday, thought the club would be absent due to a lack of testing and appropriate action.
The “Reds” had seven of the 16 Portuguese athletes present among the Europeans who took place in Torun, Poland, with a focus on Pedro Pablo Pichardo, triple jump champion (17.30 meters), Francisco Belo, fourth in the weight throw, with a national record (21 , 28 meters) and Samuel Barata, who broke his personal record at 3,000 meters (7.53.39 minutes).
“Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem realistic to believe that effective and strict health standards will be created and applied in a timely manner for all competitors, just days before the set date,” they claim.
The 28th edition of the indoor track of the national athletics club is planned for Saturday and Sunday at the Expocentro in Pombal, where most of the track events and the pole vault competition will take place, and in the High Performance Center (CAR) do Jamor. in Oeiras, stage of the starting competitions, high jump, length, triple jump and 60 meters (plans and barriers).