"Fitness levels will be seriously hampered and it's a serious issue. It's somewhat of a utopia to think that players or other elite athletes preparing ahead of the Tokyo games will be in top form when activity resumes"....These are the words of Jesús Paredes, one of Spain's elite fitness experts working with the Spanish national team during the Luis Aragonés era. “Every professional knows that working towards dates, events or big games serves as a motivational exercise and goal, but at present there's none of that.
A month out?
In a recent update, Spanish minister Jose Luis Ábalos hinted that the state of lock-down imposed on the country could last well after the initial 15 day proposal with club's such as Valencia and Espanyol seeing first team members suffer with the Covid-19 virus.