Top-level Sport: green light to the reopening of training centres

Sport de haut niveau: feu vert à la réouverture des centres d’entraînement

Most of the training centers for top-level athletes will be re-opened as of 15 June, announced the government of Quebec on Friday.

This announcement primarily affects the activities of the Institut national du sport du Québec (INS Québec), while 17 centres of training sport and eight regional centres multi-sport recognized by the organization will be able to reopen in a gradual manner.

The main complex of the Institute, located in the olympic Park of Montreal, will also be able to resume its activities. The preparation room for physics and medical clinic, in particular, will thus be available for the athletes.

Racetracks will also be able to resume their activities, but will be unable to accommodate spectators.

The re-opening of these centres will need to obviously be in compliance with the health standards established by the public health authorities.

“Since the beginning of the confinement period, the INS Québec has continued to accompany at a distance the athletes, and [the] top-level coach,” said Gaëtan Robitaille, president and ceo of the Institute. “Our experts are first-hand the issues and the resumption of our services will certainly fill some needs.”

“The reopening of the Complex and components of the network of the Institute will be in compliance with the sanitary measures in order to create a training environment safe and healthy, because I am convinced that the best way to support the athletes, it is to help them to stay healthy”, he added.

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