Covid-19: All Contact Sports Can Resume; Minus Football - Prez Akufo-Addo
President Nana Akufo-Addo has announced the resumption of all contact sports in the country apart from football.
All contact sports such as hockey, beach soccer, basketball, netball, rugby, volley among others can resume henceforth, according to the President, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Addressing the nation in his 17th Covid-19 Update on Sunday, the first gentleman of the land, mentioned that after several consultations with the relevant stakeholders, it was alright to open up for the various contact disciplines.
He also added that all the necessary health and safety protocols prescribed for the prevention of the coronavirus had to be strictly adhered to.
“Towards the progressive easing of restrictions, the government has taken the decision to allow the resumption of training in all contact sports, taking into consideration the imminent participation of our national teams in international competitions. Indeed, some national teams have already been given the dispensation to begin training, ahead of their international engagements. All sports people, who are camped, are to be tested regularly.”
The President meanwhile revealed that the Ghana Premier League and the Division One League would rather resume on October 30, 2020.
“With respect to football, after due consultation with the Ghana Football Association, it’s been decided that the Ghana Premier League and the Division One League will restart on Friday, October 30, with the full regime of the testing of the players, technical and management staff.”
Sporting activities across the country had to be put on hold, following the restrictions announced by the President after Ghana recorded its first cases of Covid-19 in March.
Local authorities in the value chain subsequently pushed for a resumption of activities, as the halt dealt a big blow to the financial status of most clubs and associations.
Non-contact sports such as table tennis, cricket, badminton, athletics, tennis triathlon, and golf, resumed in June after the government eased Covid-19 restrictions.
Ghana’s Covid-19 case count as of Sunday stood at 46,004 confirmed cases with 45,153 recoveries, 127 new cases, 554 active cases, and 297 deaths.