This week, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro received representations from the authorities of the Flamengo and Vasco da Gama First Division clubs to explore potential steps that could be introduced so that soccer would resume its agenda.
Club President Rodolfo Landim, Doctor Márcio Tannure and Director Aleksander Santos were featured on the Flamengo delegation. As mentioned by Games Magazine Brasil, they had participated in an event with Senator Flávio Bolsonaro prior to the meeting with Bolsonaro.
On several occasions, Bolsonaro has reiterated that he wants to restore the sports calendar, amid advice from the health authorities and resistance from Rio de Janeiro Mayor Marcelo Crivella and Governor Wilson Witzel.
Given the complexity of training in Rio, the clubs should find the possibility of carrying out their practises in Brasilia, the capital city. Flamengo players resumed training at Ninho do Urubu on Tuesday, without prior notice or permission. When asked about the trip of their presidents to Brasilia, both teams said they were unaware of such a matter.
The Mané Garrincha Brasilia stadium provided its facilities in late April to start the Carioca Championship. The purpose of this week’s meeting was to discuss the plan, which would require both teams to practise during the pandemic and play in the same venue.
After the meeting, Crivella reiterated that activities such as sporting events are not currently on the list of companies that can work.
The mayor banned gambling at local lottery companies last week, hoping to avoid huge crowds and queues. “A lot of people haven’t realised 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.