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.
According to the report, water sports will remain suspended while non-contact sporting activities including athletics, badminton, tennis, Table tennis and golf will be the first to resume.
On the other hand Contact sports including Judo, boxing, karate, wrestling, rugby, football, hockey, netball and basketball will remain suspended because they are deemed high risk of spreading the virus.
The sports restart protocols include operational guidelines and preventive measures that will keep sportsmen and fans safe during the reopening of sports activities after a five-month halt caused by COVID-19 pandemic.
All sporting activities that involve minors under the aged 18 years and under remain suspended although special priority will be given to national teams for international events.
The CS further disclosed in a detailed report that sports people won’t be entitled to mandatory testing before the events but when it’s required the cost will be met by federations, participants or sports organizations.
As sporting activities continue to resume globally, Amina has also urged federations to forward their revised calendars to the ministry before the end of the month.
“The guidelines we have released today are also subject to be reviewed according to the global situation of Covid-19. We need to be vigilant and always remain responsible,” Amina urged sports personalities.
Speaking at the event also, Director of Public health in the Ministry of Health Dr.Francis Kuria warned against comfort.
“It is still important that we are not out of the woods yet and thus we are calling for a phased reopening of sporting activities. We are satisfied with the efforts by the ministry of sports and we will continue working together,” said Kuria.
The director further explained that spectators will not be allowed in sporting venues in order to minimize contacts.
Sporting activities in the country were suspended in early March after corona virus cases were reported in the country.