Colombia’s professional football competitions have been authorized to restart after more than five months of inactivity because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Health Minister Fernando Ruiz confirmed the decision in a tweet late Thursday, without specifying a date for the return of the national men’s and women’s leagues.
“I have just signed the administrative act that authorizes the start of … training and football competition with the signatures of the interior and sports ministers,” Ruiz said.
Clubs have been allowed to train in small groups under strict biosafety protocols since July but officials have until now been loath to discuss the restart of competitions amid surging COVID-19 cases.
Colombia has the world’s eighth-highest number of coronavirus infections, with more than 513,000 confirmed cases. Over 16,000 people have died from the virus in the Andean nation, according to health ministry figures. Enditem