COVID-19 has plagued our lives and the world of sports. In the case of professional football, he returned to Spain with a series of measures that are being strictly followed so that he can move forward. However, grassroots football has been stopped from March until this month of November, when competitions are expected to return throughout Spain. On the occasion of this news, we spoke with Kevin Vidaña, who works in China as coach of Guizhou Fengyun (Fourth Division team), coordinator of its youth team and as a football teacher in schools, to tell us how he has managed to the return to the competition in the Asian country. “The first team started training in the middle of July. The competition started in September although it had many stops and was originally scheduled to resume earlier. He stopped out of fear and changed the date. In China things have been taken with caution and with care, here there has not been an attempt to live with the virus, here it has been completely eliminated and football has not started until socially the virus has ceased to exist. The competition started earlier in Spain than in China. If the virus is not completely eliminated, it will still be alive. Here it would be unthinkable for a game to be played if a player tests positive for coronavirus, even if he was pushed aside. In China, what is important has been considered important, before what is trivial like football. As for the schools, they haven’t started until a month ago. The lower-level teams started at the same time, “Kevin tells AS.
China has not tried to live with the virus, it has been eradicated
Vidaña clarifies that there are no rules or procedures for before matches, both for the first team players and for the homegrown players, because the virus no longer exists in China: “There has been no regulation for football here because there is no coronavirus. It has been solved before and there has been no need to live with the virus. Everything has been progressive. Football has started later as a precaution. They have been very cautious, so now it is safe. In schools, adults’ temperature is taken, but by pure protocol. At the bank, for example, you have to wear a mask, always by protocol. “
Grassroots football in China started two weeks ago when COVID-19 was gone
The current situation in China should be the glimmer of hope for Spain: that of a country that has completely eradicated COVID-19. Of course, everything has been progressively. “In China we have been with absolute normality for a few months. The virus appeared in January, during February we were in absolute quarantine; and March and April were in semi-quarantine. As of April, the measures continued but it was known that there was no virus. In May In June, the shopping centers were opening. In these months we did office work, there were no training sessions, no league or schools, but you could live. To enter the sites we had to show a code that we had on the phone, which marks us where We have been. If you change cities the code detects it. To enter the sites you scan your code. If it comes out green, you are healthy and if it comes out red it means that you have been in places that the government does not have located or in which it has there could be a risk of viruses. In July and August you could lead a normal life and they didn’t ask you for the code. It has been a progressive path. My team has treated me great and that was the reason I did not want to leave. Not only my club, but also the police, the government people and the citizens “, and he adds:” What I see is that China has taken the virus as a very important thing that had to be eradicated. Spain has taken steps to live with it. China closed borders and in this way controlled its citizens and has managed to eliminate the virus. Some time ago there was a small outbreak but of ten people and it was quickly controlled. Now you see full stadiums, concerts with people … The measures taken by Spain are fine, because they can reduce the number, but the problem will be solved when there is a vaccine. “
Kevin’s team, Guizhou Fengyun, was founded in January 2018, but despite its recent birth, it has an ambitious project on its hands, which is none other than the construction of a sports city that will accommodate 1,000 players. It is expected to be one of the best in China: “It was expected to end by the end of this year, but with the pandemic it has been delayed. Now it is expected to be around the beginning of next year, around February or March.”
In China, competition has not started until COVID-19 has been eradicated
Guizhou Fengyun, until a few months ago, had in its ranks a player with experience in professional soccer from Chile. This is Mauricio Javier Martínez Neira, better known as Piri, for whom COVID-19 changed his plans completely: “Piri has not been able to return yet. It is very complicated … the trips are expensive, they ask you for a lot of tests, controls, quarantine. There are many obstacles. It has been very damaged. He came to have Chilean First Division offers before the virus, he rejected them thinking that he would return to China and the virus appeared in January, which is when the market in Chile closes. Now it is difficult to return for the visa. He has had offers in Peru, but fell due to COVID-19. He couldn’t travel. “