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online sporting events multiply to kill boredom during confinement

Take part in a transatlantic sailing race, coach a football team or take part in an F1 Grand Prix … The initiatives to create virtual competitions have exploded since the start of containment.

No more sports on the field or in the halls. With the confinement linked to the coronavirus epidemic, some amateurs are opting for virtual sport. There is the classic football game on the console in the living room but many initiatives have been launched in recent days to create online competitions in different disciplines. You can for example make a virtual transatlantic sailing between La Rochelle and the Caribbean from Monday.

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In sailing, sea trips and races are canceled but you can still take off virtually. The online game Virtual Regatta, created in 2006, allows you to put yourself in the shoes of a sailor. Son founder Philippe Guigné even decided to create a race, to be done from his sofa, between La Rochelle and the Caribbean. “We’re seeing growing activity on our games right now, he explains. This course, whose departure will be given on Monday, is very special. We really want to send dreams everywhere and a game like Virtual Regatta where we are on the oceans, it's good for the neurons “.

Nothing beats the field but it will fill a void and still live around football.Germain Charneau, soccer educator at Les Sables d'Olonne

No need for great resources to create your own tournament. Germain Charneau is an educator at the Sables d'Olonne football club in the Vendée, and can no longer take care of his children under the age of 7. He therefore launched his online test with the strategy game Football Manager. The goal is to maintain a bond. We have a slogan at the club it's “stronger together”, the idea is to make this slogan live and that it is not written just somewhere “, explains Germain Charneau. And if the need arises, these tournaments will be repeated for the duration of the confinement.

Sports competitions on screen: the report by Jérôme Val

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