Roxana Maracineanu, French Minister of Sports, does not rule out the possibility that the Tour de France may have to take place “behind closed doors” as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic, although he specified that the matter is being “treated” and it is still “too early to decide”.
“We are discussing the Tour issue with ASO (the organizing company of the race), but it is still too early to make a decision”, said the French minister, who raised the issue raised the possibility that it takes place behind closed doors. “The Tour is not based on ticket sales, but on television rights”, explained the Minister.
According to Maracineanu in France Bleu, “in this period of confinement everyone is aware and responsible and everyone understood the benefits of staying at home and, therefore, they favored the television show over the live show. Finally, it would not be so farfetched to follow the Tour on television“
“The Tour is a monument to sport, but it is too early to decide, there is time for everything. Now we have another more urgent battle and we must join our forces to this difficulty before facing the next one, “explained the official.
At the moment, the Tour is scheduled for its original dates, starting on June 26 in Nice and arriving on July 19 at the Champs Elysees in Paris.