Bernal among up to 150 Colombian athletes who will fly to Europe

Bogota (AFP) – The 2019 Tour de France winner Egan Bernal is among the 150 athletes who will go away Colombia on Sunday immediately after lockdown to return to Europe and resume competitors, officials reported Thursday.

The athletes who will just take a special flight from Bogota to Madrid on Sunday, the Colombian Athletics Ministry and the countrywide airline, Avianca, mentioned.

Bernal, who rides for the Ineos crew, will be joined by cyclists Nairo Quintana, winner of the 2014 Giro d’Italia and 2016 Vuelta a Espana, Rigoberto Uran and Miguel Angel Lopez.

The total checklist of passengers will be acknowledged on Saturday, after all the vital coronavirus tests have been carried out.

“Our athletes will be able to get there in Europe to comply with levels of competition schedules, which is fundamental in their progress, which has been altered in the very first half of the year by the COVID-19 pandemic,” claimed the Colombian Minister of Activity, Ernesto Lucena.

On their arrival in Madrid, the sportsmen and girls will not have to place on their own in quarantine, considering that the Spanish governing administration considers the assessments and protocols carried out prior to the journey to be enough, the minister extra.

Juan Diego Zapata, director of Avianca, claimed that “every stage of the flight” would comply with “all the overall health suggestions of the Environment Overall health Corporation”.

The athletes will depart Colombia at a essential time for the region, which presently has a lot more than 165,000 COVID-19 instances and at least 5,000 deaths, and in which the amount of scenarios is exploding.

The unfold of the epidemic has pressured the federal government to renew the lockdown in numerous metropolitan areas, which includes Bogota and Medellin.

Colombia has been in a point out of unexpected emergency given that March 18, resulting in border closures and drastic limits on the quantity of industrial flights.

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