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Italy sets May 18 date for professional sports teams to resume training

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has announced that professional sports teams can resume training on May 18.

Serie A has been suspended since March 9, when the government ordered a nationwide lockdown.

Twelve rounds remain in Serie A, plus four other games that were postponed from the 25th round. The Italian Cup was suspended after the first leg of the semi-finals.

The move means that Serie A could potentially resume playing games in June, though Conte said a decision on that will not be made until a later date.

Conte said the government will “work with experts” to monitor the situation and then later “evaluate whether there are the conditions to end the suspended championships”.

“Minister for Sport, Vincenzo Spadafora, will work alongside experts and the football league system to find a path that we have already started to define with individual training from May 4 and group sessions from May 18,” Conte said during a televised address to the nation on Sunday night.

“We will then evaluate if the conditions are in place to be able to complete the suspended leagues. If we do reach that conclusion, we’ll certainly do so while guaranteeing maximum safety measures.

“We love our footballing idols and don’t want them to get ill.”