We are going by way of weird occasions. On one hand, international locations have began easing their measures against COVID-19, and on the different hand, there may be nonetheless a consensus amongst the specialists that it isn’t the time to decrease our guard. It is a fragile steadiness between well being priorities and financial priorities, and it’s apparent that some dangers are taken in favor of the latter. Sports, apparently, have all the time been at the middle of this course of and a singular diploma of autonomy is given to it. For occasion, nobody requested for the opinions of the airline, tourism or logistics industries earlier than halting operations. Nevertheless, particularly in the case of Turkish soccer, sports activities have this distinctive capacity to find out their very own destiny.
To achieve this, Turkish Football Federation (TFF) Chairman Nihat Özdemir met with Health Minister Fahrettin Koca on May 5. After the assembly, Koca made an announcement saying that the Ministry of Health gave no recommendation about the return of soccer and the resolution belongs solely to the TFF. This was a transparent message to all stakeholders in soccer that Koca and the science committee working immediately with him opposed the concept to restart soccer in the short-term. The ministry, which has so far efficiently led Turkey’s battle with COVID-19, clearly rejected any accountability as a consequence of the hazard of potential new waves of an infection.
The TFF, nevertheless, didn’t make any quick assertion after the assembly and waited till May 6, when the majority of soccer’s stakeholders gathered to debate their plans. After this assembly, Özdemir declared that soccer will return on June 12. He stated solely 4 Süper Lig golf equipment refused to play, whereas the relaxation have been desirous to proceed. It is fascinating that though he talked about 73% of the decrease league golf equipment refused to play, this truth didn’t appear to have any impact on the TFF’s resolution.
When Özdemir made the announcement, it obtained principally destructive reactions. Well-known commentators like Rıdvan Dilmen, Ercan Taner, Ercan Güven and Erman Toroğlu criticized the resolution, saying that the measures will not be sufficient to ensure the well being of soccer professionals. Finally on May 8, after missing the help it was searching for, the day this piece was written, Özdemir introduced that the TFF will act in accordance with the selections made by the Ministry of Health.
At this level, the entire concern has began to turn into a Monty Python sketch. The TFF is aware of it’s too dangerous to restart soccer, however they nonetheless hope that another person, specifically the Ministry of Health, will take accountability. I believe it’s absurd to count on the ministry, which fought bravely for greater than two months, to ignore their effort and threat their achievements by restarting soccer. Before risking any soccer skilled’s well being, it’s nonetheless finest to take heed to Koca and the science committee.