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Despite the tightened corona measures, the Eredivisie and the Kitchen Champion Division will not be shut down. Top athletes can continue to train during the partial lockdown that was announced on Tuesday.

Top athletes can continue to train

Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced at a press conference that all competitions in amateur sport will be halted in the near future, but that professional football can continue on the same footing. This means that matches can be played, but that the public is not welcome.

At the start of the competition, a limited number of spectators were still admitted to professional football matches. The cabinet decided at the end of September to ban all supporters for at least three weeks and that period is therefore extended.

The continuation of professional football is a boost for the clubs, which are already missing out on a lot of income due to the lack of supporters. Last season, the Eredivisie and the Kitchen Champion Division could not be completed due to the corona crisis.

It is not clear what the new measures of the cabinet mean for the TOTO KNVB Cup. There are still several amateur clubs active in the cup tournament, but due to the partial lockdown, they are not allowed to play matches for the time being.

Just like the professional football players, individual top athletes in other sports are not affected by the restrictions. “Top athletes can continue to train at Papendal and other locations”, said Rutte during his press conference. During the so-called ‘intelligent lockdown’ in the spring, sports facilities for top athletes were still closed.

It seems that the top competitions in team sports such as hockey, basketball, volleyball and handball are coming to a standstill. For athletes from the age of eighteen, sports are only allowed at a distance of 1.5 meters and only individually or in a team with no more than four people. Competitions are not allowed.

“A game of tennis is therefore possible, as long as you don’t play doubles”, Rutte emphasized. Sports umbrella NOC * NSF will consult with all sports associations on Wednesday morning about all the details and consequences for the various sports.

The tightened cabinet measures will take effect on Wednesday at 10 p.m. The measures are evaluated after two weeks.

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