Since the start of the Covid-19 epidemic, sports halls have been suffering. But, a new device could change everything. The Deputy Minister in charge of Sports, Roxana Maracineanu revealed that a mask for indoor sports was currently in reflection.
Roxana Maracineanu said in an interview with Figaro that a mask for athletes was in preparation. “If we manage to have this mask, it will also allow the reopening of sports halls and the resumption of activities for minors and adults in a closed environment, “the Minister announced. Equipment developed in collaboration with Afnor.
These labeled masks could allow sports halls to finally reopen their doors. “Sport is impacted because we cannot respect these safety distances imposed by the crisis. With this sports mask, which we are in the process of standardizing, we hope to be able to restore this balance between sport, which is essential for the health of the French, and these precautions that we must take because of the crisis “, explained the Minister of Sports at the microphone of RTL.
Available from March?
A mask that took no less than seven months of work to allow athletes to move while breathing and, of course, by preventing the spread of Covid-19. As detailed by Raffaele Duby, Head of Development at Decathlon, cited by franceinfo, the product has certain specific characteristics: “The first is filtration. The main advantage of a mask is that it filters the virus. So we worked on filtration with permeability. This mask must also allow comfort, with a posture, so that he stay on the face when we movee in complete safety “.
And he himself was able to test this innovative device: “I personally ran with it. Really, it feels a little weird at first, but in real life, you get used to it very quickly and the responsibility is good. It is designed with a fabric that makes it extremely soft. There are several layers of fabric, which allow obtaining this filtration, with the desired permeability. “From the end of February, this sports mask could be tested by top athletes. If the results are conclusive, they could be marketed at the end of March.
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