Sporting Activities Activities Re-opens in Nigeria
The Federal Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare has thanked President Mohammadu Buhari and the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 for reopening football and team sports behind closed doors in line with Covid-19 guidelines. The Minister also thanked President Buhari for also reopening the NYSC Orientation camps for the sake of our youth population.
The National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19, Dr Sani Aliyu had on Thursday announced the reopening of sports without fans under the close supervision of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development and the National Agency for Disease Control. However, the minister is giving a warning as it is opened.
According to a statement issued by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry Mr Gabriel Aduda, it reads: “ We commend President, Mohammadu Buhari, the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 for reopening football and team sports and the NYSC Orientation which has been in the cooler since the outbreak of Covid-19. We are happy that our athletes can now return to action and do what they know how best to do and our youth can return to camp. The last few months have been very tough for our athletes as well as the Ministry. “
It went ahead to say: “The Ministry shall ensure full compliance with all necessary protocols and tests before approval is given for resumption or sporting activity or football matches.” “Approval must be sought and given before any game is played, all protocols must be put in place and guidelines obeyed as directed by PTF and NCDC.” The Ministry has set up a COVID-19 monitoring and approval team for every sports engagement and event.”
Even with the resumption of the sporting activities, Aduda warns that the league should not be open yet until all basic conditions are fulfilled. He said: “Indeed, the steps to return our football league to the prime position is ongoing. The domestic League will not commence until the regulations and controls in the aspect of financial and licensing control are put in place.”
“The NFF must put clubs on notice and enforce these regulations and controls as stipulated, otherwise the Nigerian Professional and Amateur Leagues would not be approved for resumption.” Earlier, the Minister had directed the NFF to communicate with the clubs the need to comply fully with financial controls and regulation as it is written in the rule book before a date can be fixed for the resumption of the Nigerian Professional Football League.