“The competition must end, even if it has to be in July or August in Catalonia.” This is how decisive Joan Soteras, president of the Catalan Football Federation (FCF), has shown himself after the meeting he has had today in Terrassa with the presidents of the clubs, as stated by Diari de Terrassa himself. “If we can compete in mid-May, the competition will be over. We can alter the foundations of a competition that has started,” he said. Regarding the contracts that end on June 30, the president added that “there are legal formulas to resolve it.”In line with what the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) decided on Tuesday, the Catalan Federation has also made it clear that the leagues that depend on it must be ended as long as they have the approval of the Ministry of Health to resume the activity and the calendar can be squared. That affects grassroots football too. “The stated will of the FCF is to end the competition this season as long as there are sufficient dates, and considering the health of all the members of the federation as the main priority. For this reason, the resumption of the championships will be authorized at the moment in which the health and sports authorities allow it.”, Communicated. To do this, he has sent another statement to the football clubs to ask them to cancel all the friendly matches and tournaments that were scheduled for the months of June and July, a time when the base football championships have already ended and the to prepare the next season. Thus, the priority is to finish all the leagues of all the categories.While waiting for normality, the FCF may run into the inconvenience that the dates coincide with the end of the schools and with the family holidays: the competitions usually end the last week of May or the first week of June. “The FCF Executive Commission has decided to suspend all authorizations for approved friendly matches during June and July, which may be revoked for reasons of public interest and to guarantee the order of the official competition”, reads the internal statement sent to sports entities.
AirAsia Indonesia wishes to inform the latest development on the SAR operation of flight QZ 8501 lead by The National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) Republic of Indonesia.The National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) Republic of Indonesia today confirmed that they successfully lifted the tail piece of QZ 8501’s aircraft from the Java Sea.The sonar equipment continue to detect more objects which are suspected to be the plane’s front section and detected pings suspected to be from the plane’s black box flight recorders near the location where the tail was found.Good weather and clear visibility have allowed for SAR operations to continue with the focus remaining on the search and recovery of the passengers in the primary search area.SAR vessels and sea divers also approached the area where the pings were detected, suspected to be the location of the aircraft’s black box. No additional remain recoveries were reported today.In Surabaya, the Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) Police Department of Republic of Indonesia (DVI POLRI) today announced that they were able to identify three more remains, to date, BASARNAS has confirmed to have recovered a total of 48 remains of which 32 remains have been identified by DVI POLRI and 16 remains are still being identified.Earlier today, the Minister of Transportation, Ignasius Jonan also visited the crisis center at East Java Region Police Headquarter to have a direct dialogue with the families of QZ 8501’s passengers.AirAsia Indonesia would like to take this opportunity to urge the public seeking progress on the search and evacuation and identification process of QZ 8501 passengers to refer solely to official information from BASARNAS and DVI POLRI.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wiseman