1219 GMT July 10, 2020
Sport activities and competitions were given a green light for resumption by the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
Speaking in a National Headquarters for Managing and Fighting Coronavirus meeting on Saturday, Rouhani said, “Sport activities are free to resume within the hygiene protocols issued by the Health Ministry.”
All sporting events worldwide have been on a standstill since mid-February due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
However, president added that all competitions will have to be held behind closed doors.
In a letter to Sports Ministry on Saturday, Health Minister Saeid Namaki granted permission for the restart of individual sports, albeit within health and safety measures.
Meanwhile, regarding the Persian Gulf Pro League – which has been suspended since February 28 – Sport Minister Masoud Soltanifar said he was optimistic the league could be wrapped up within six or seven weeks, should matchdays be played in every five days.
Soheil Mahdi, the head of competitions committee of Iran Football Federation, said the committee is awaiting the Health Ministry’s official instructions to announce the date of resumption for teams’ training and league games.
He added that the Iranian league will probably resume after the Eid al-Fitr.