Confusion grips sports sector as COVID-19 restrictions return - Punch Newspapers
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12 May 2021The Nigerian sports sector has been thrown into confusion following the Federal Government’s announcement of new COVID-19 restrictions on Monday, The PUNCH reports.The FG re-introduced a nationwide 12am to 4am curfew as part of efforts to curtail further spread of COVID-19, while mass gatherings in public spaces have been restricted to 50 people at any given time.
A member of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, Dr Mukhtar Mohammed, added that “indoor recreational facilities and gyms remained closed until June 11, when the situation will be reviewed while non-contact outdoor sports such as golf, polo and tennis among others are not affected.”
Last year, sporting activities were grounded to a halt globally during the lockdown occasioned by COVID-19, with sports in the country only returning just before the end of 2020.Mohammed’s statement, which didn’t state if contact sports would be affected or not, left athletes and officials alike in disarray, and unsure of their fate this time around. headtopics.com
When our correspondent contacted the sports ministry’s Acting Director, Elite Athletes Department, Dr Simeon Ebhodaghe, for clarification on whether contact sports was affected, he replied, “I wouldn’t know because I haven’t even seen the statement but maybe when I see it we can ask for further clarifications.”
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