OL Foundation robot returns for Barça-Lyon at the Camp Nou
During OL's scoreless tie with Barcelona in their Champions League Round of 16 first leg, two young patients were been able to watch the match at Groupama Stadium from their hospital rooms thanks to telepresence robots: one at the Vall d'Hebron in Barcelona and the other from the Centre Léon Bérard in Lyon.
And this week, the OL Fondation robot boarded the Olympique Lyonnais bus with the team's equipment en route to Barcelona for Wednesday's second leg.
This time it's the turn of 21-year-old Jose, who greeted the Lyon players upon their arrival at the team hotel in Barcelona, as well as observing Bruno Genesio and Nabil Fekir's pre-match press conference, followed by Tuesday evening's training session. FC Barcelona also organized a visit to the club's museum with the robot.
Tomorrow, thanks to UEFA, José will be able to experience all the pre-game action at the Camp Nou, getting access into the players' locker room, watching their arrival at the stadium, checking out the pre-game warmups and all the additional activities ahead of kickoff.
A trailblazer in the use of these devices in Europe, Olympique Lyonnais has operated more than 50 robot outputs over the past three years at Groupama Stadium for the benefit of young patients of the Léon BERARD's IHOPe (Institute of Hematology and Pediatric Oncology) center; the device will now be activated for children hospitalized at the l’hôpital Femme-Mère-Enfant de Bron, a new major partner of the OL Foundation.