Several months after the Presidential Task force on Covid-19 gave approval for the resumption of non-contact sports, the Task Force in conjunction with Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development have lifted the ban imposed on contact Sports as a result of Coronavirus pandemic.
Before yesterday pronouncement. some stakeholders have agitated for the resumption of football and other contact sports citing other Africa countries as an example.
According to Sani Aliyu , who is the National Coordinator , re-opening of Contact sports is linked to the reduction in the cases of COVD-19 across the federation.
Aliyu stated, “It is also time for sports to open, but to open safely and in this regard, we have continued with providing guidelines and engagement with states to ensure close supervision and oversight as sports reopen.
But what might be new to stakeholders is the thought of a crowd less games as the decision bans mass gathering and fans attendance.
Sani Aliyu further gave reasons why the decision is limited to the actual sports.
“The lifting of restrictions on outdoor sporting activities including football is in line with earlier consultation with the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development and the National Centre for Disease Control. However, this is limited to the actual sports itself, not with mass gatherings.
“In this regard, mass gatherings including at sports events are still restricted, as this represents an opportunity for the virus to spread with an increased risk of a second wave.”
Reacting to lifting of ban on contact sports in his tweets, Sunday Dare, who is the minister of Sports and Youths Development said the decision is excepted.
“The lifting of restriction on outdoor activities including football is in line with earlier consultations with Ministry of Youth and Sports and NCDC. However, this is limited to the actual sports itself & not mass gathering”. The minister twitted.