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New guidelines for resumption of sporting activities released

The committee tasked with developing protocols for the resumption of sporting activities in the country has released the new guidelines to be followed.

Sports Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Amina Mohammed advised all stakeholders to follow the set guidelines to the latter, adding that the committee will be making amendments context to the coronavirus situation in the country.

The 25 member committee, chaired by Sports Chief Administrative Secretary Hassan Noor Hassan came up with various guidelines including indoor sports guidelines, venue guidelines and pre and post-competition guidelines.

Here are the set guidelines for the resumption of sporting activities:

Respective sports organizations to disseminate information about developments of the coronavirus situation as released by the Ministry of Health to athletes, support staff and volunteers;

All sports organizers and venue operators to appoint COVID-19 contact person and response teams;

Event organizers and venue operators to ensure availability of handwashing facilities, hand sanitizers and thermometers at the training and competition venues;

All venue operators to ensure safe environments, regularly clean and disinfect venues and equipment;

Media personnel and sports staff working in sports venues during events will have to take coronavirus tests;

No press conferences will be allowed except for flash interviews for participating athletes. The interviews should be conducted with respect to social distancing rules;

Handshakes and hugs to celebrate achievements during and after events will be prohibited;

Exchange and sharing of uniforms and other personal effects will be prohibited;

Team event organizers should gather teams in one place before and until the end of the competitions. The organizers should keep records and contact information of athletes and any other person involved for ease of contact tracing;

Any suspected or confirmed cases of coronavirus to be processed in line with the Ministry of Health’s guidelines;

There will be signage at every entrance and easy to spot areas to remind all persons the COVID-19 prevention measures; and

Body temperature checks shall be conducted to all persons at time of entry to the sporting venue. Anyone with a body temperature of above 37.5 will not be allowed entry into the sporting venue.

The committee further said that in indoor sports, social distancing rules of at least 1.5 metres apart should be strictly followed.

The government suspended all sporting activities in the country as a measure to stop the spread of coronavirus.

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