Curfew: disappointment and misunderstanding among amateur athletes

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It is 8 p.m. this Thursday at the Emile-Anthoine sports center located on the edge of the 7th and 15th arrondissements of Paris. With a breathtaking view of the Eiffel Tower, around 200 people are in the enclosure to practice many sports such as basketball, tennis, athletics or football. Three amateur basketball players come out of the gym. The discussion starts on the curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. for a month announced by the Head of State and which will take effect from Saturday.

“I was disgusted yesterday (Wednesday) when my parents told me the news, plague Alban (18) who plays at the Eiffel Basket Club. My two group training sessions taking place in the evening will be canceled. What am I going to do? »« Weight training at home! Or maybe you’ll start to get into chess…, Jean-Christophe answers him tit for tat, laughing. Me, the Covid-19 put me out of work because I work in the restaurant business and now I can’t even play sports. It’s the loose! “We can play on the playgrounds, but it’s starting to get cold and dark earlier and earlier,” Odran says. Sport is going to be put on the sidelines for a long time and that’s very sad. “

A few meters away, Ali picks up his son Hadi, who plays with the Petits Anges football school, before heading off to Drancy for his training with the CDM team (Sunday morning championship) of the Seine club- St Denis. “I’m going to enjoy it tonight because in my opinion it may be the last collective training of the year, believes the one who works in insurance. Our matches are maintained on Sunday mornings but we cannot play without training. It is impossible to postpone training before because the slots are occupied by young people and we almost all work. I agree to make an effort but I am disappointed. Instead, I’ll go for a run to keep in shape. “

“Today is a disaster! “

After football school, it’s the turn of the ES 16e women’s reserve team to take place on the synthetic pitch. “I will try to find solutions for the girls to train at home and we will look for a field for Sunday afternoon,” said Jenny, the coach. “We hope for a derogation to continue training but I do not believe it, admits Ava, one of the players. After the end of the championships last March, already due to the coronavirus, it is another big disappointment. Sport allows us to change our ideas. Today is the disaster! “Beside him, a futsal player in Aulnay-sous-Bois agrees with him. “I have a hard time stopping my sport because it represents a lot in my life,” says Marwa.

Renaud, the tennis teacher of the Filets du VIIe, trains his players until 8:15 p.m. “It’s a total blur because we don’t know until what time the stadium guards can stay and I myself take more than 45 minutes to get home,” he explains. We say that sport is a public health issue, but we close sports halls and prevent evening training. There are a lot of misunderstandings… ”

Article original de: www.leparisien.fr

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