NOC * NSF wants the competitions for top athletes to be resumed on 1 July, says technical director Maurits Hendriks at NOS on Sunday . There is currently a ban on sports competitions until September 1.

"I would be happy if July 1 was possible," said Hendriks. "I think that top sport has a very good thing. It concerns a very small number of Dutch people, so the risk to society is very limited."

"Moreover, the top sport has the luxury of full-time medical guidance, there is always someone who can watch. You can organize a lot that is not so easy in other environments in the Netherlands."

The government imposed a ban on sports competitions until September 1 at the end of April, but according to Hendriks much has changed in the meantime. "We should not judge today's decisions with the knowledge of today. We can look at what is now possible."

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