In his speech to the people of Uganda today, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has given a green-light for the different sporting disciplines to resume.
The sports that were mainly accepted to return are those that are played in the open for example, football, rugby, cricket among many others. The indoor sports activities are, however, still under caution to return.
President Museveni has however cautioned that the sports respect the different Standards of Operation (SOPs) that were agreed upon by the National Council of Sports.
The President also emphasized that players will be tested for COVID-19 every 72 hours. How feasible this step is, will definitely be something to watch out for.
All Uganda Sportsmen to be Tested Before Resuming Sports
The president was also quick to note that all sporting activities will be happening behind closed doors with no spectators allowed into the stadiums.
“Sports can re-open provided there are no spectators and the players are tested for Covid-19, 72 hours before. This test will expire in 14 days. Hence, the Sportsmen will have to repeat the test every fortnight.”
“Sportsmen and women should remember that masks shouldn’t be worn when you are engaged in training exercises. With tournaments, teams should be quarantined for the whole season of the competition.”
The Uganda Rugby Union had been holding off cancelling their season where every team was remaining with only 5 games to end the season.
Earlier, football had announced that they plan on having the new season for 2020/21 start on the 17th of October news that the Uganda Premier League administration and Federation of Uganda Football Association will embrace with very open arms.
The President also intimidated that all sportsmen, staff and those involved in the games will need to be tested 14 days before sports resume.
Indoor games like basketball, table tennis, netball, among others will not be allowed until further notice as the government deems indoor stadiums a high risk for the spread of the virus.
“Indoor sports activities including Gyms remain closed, those indoor things are very dangerous because that’s where the virus spreads.”
Author: Moses Echodu
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