Sports Resumption, Amina launches protocols

 Sports cabinet secretary has this morning launched the post Covid return to sports guidelines as advised by task force on resumption of sports.

In the report all contact sports like football, rugby, karate and swimming will remain suspended as non-contact sports re-open in a phased manner.

Athletics, lawn tennis, weightlifting, badminton, cricket cycling, equestrian, horse racing, golf, motorsport, fencing, shooting and squad are among the sports that are to open.

Sports teams will be allowed to resume non-contact training while private fitness clubs and gyms may reopen ‘immediately’, Sports Cabinet Secretary announced as she announced sports restart protocols on Friday.

 However, National Teams participating in international events in the Water Sports or Contact Sports categories will be required to seek special exemption from the Cabinet Secretary for Sports.

Similarly, all sporting activities that involve minors under the aged 18 years and under remain suspended although special priority will be given to national teams.

Also in the detailed report, sportspeople will not be subjected to mandatory testing prior to events however when it is required, the cost will be met by the respective federations, sport organizations or the participants.

Amina said the management of sports federations, training camps, sports academies, sports facilities and other sports institutions shall ensure the enforcement and compliance of Covid-19 guidelines from the ministries of sports and health.

To keep in line with the virus guidelines, spectators will not be allowed into the playing fields unless all protocols have been achieved.

The organizers will keep records and contact information of all the athletes, athlete support personnel and any other person for ease of contact tracing.

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These guidelines will change from time to time, depending on the global and local situational analysis of the pandemic guided by reports from the Ministry of Health.

The Cs has appointed a lean Monitoring and Evaluation Committee led by the Secretary of Administration, State Department of Sports to oversee the implementation and review of the guidelines as need arises in collaboration with the Ministry of Health.

Failure to adhere to the guidelines will lead to suspension and/or Revocation of the compliance certificate by the Cabinet Secretary/County Government

She further said those who flout these guidelines will be prosecuted under the existing laws;(Enforced by the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government)

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