By ZBC Reporter
THE Ministry of Youth, Sports, Arts and Recreation says sporting associations must adhere to the World Health Organisation Covid-19 guidelines to prevent the spread of the disease inorder for the Government to allow for the resumption of all sporting activities in the country.
Appearing before Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Youth, Sports, Arts and Recreation this Thursday afternoon, Ministry of Youth, Sports, Arts and Recreation Permanent Secretary, Dr Thokozile Chitepo said that sports associations have to ensure safety and providing appropriate protocols for them to be approved.
Dr Chitepo went on to note that following the World Health Organization (WHO) regulations, applications for approval of resumption of sports for associations should be accompanied by proposed standard operating procedures.
“National Sports Associations and Sports agencies have been requested to submit their internal plans for resumption of their activities for approval by the ministry in liason with the Ministry of Health and Child Care,” said Dr Chitepo.
Ministry of Youth, Sports, Arts and Recreation has already gave permission to low risk sports where physical distance is possible and these include, swimming, tennis, chess, darts, cycling, athletics, archery, pool and golf.
High risk sports which haven’t been approved include football, netball, wrestling, rugby, handball, basketball, volleyball, judo, field hockey, boxing and taekwondo.
All sporting activities were cancelled in March 2020 after the covid-19 pandemic hit the country and the world at large.
National Sports Associations have applied for resumption of their sporting activities after the lockdown ended early this month with some of them granted permission while some are still waiting for approval.
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