After consulting with Germany’s 16 State Sport Associations (LSB) – who voted unanimously to support loosening restrictions on sporting activities currently in place, the German NOC has given a nod for resumption of sporting activities across Germany.
Although further discussions and a vote will be held on May 4, when federal Sports Ministers meet.
The German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) says the time is right to resume certain organised sporting activities in the country.
DOSB President Alfons Hörmann says sport can make “a valuable contribution to getting Germany moving”.
Jörg Ammon, the deputy LSB spokesperson and President of the Bavarian State Sports Association, believes the current situation means restrictions on exercise should be relaxed.
“The path we have taken to combat the coronavirus pandemic is successful and should therefore be continued and carefully adapted to the changing framework conditions,” Ammon said.
“Protecting the health of the population must remain a priority.
“Exercising is particularly important for preventive health care.
“We discussed this in the conference and we all agreed with the DOSB that, under certain precautions, the starting signal can be given to return to club sport.”
Under the DOSB proposals, the first phase of relaxing the current restrictions on sports clubs’ activities would only apply to those that take place outdoors, but guidlines would have to be followed.
Some hygiene and distancing measures would remain, meaning changing rooms would stay shut.
It was also agreed that international athletes should be allowed to resume training – something certain states have already allowed, giving them special dispensation.