By Michael Nasri Solomon
Football Writer, kick442.com-Liberia
At long last, the government of Liberia through the Ministry of Youth & Sports has lifted the ban on sporting activities but with several health guidelines in a reported four page document given to each federations and Associations in the country.
The decision was reached on 14 September in a convened meeting on the grounds of the Samuel K. Doe complex – the home of the Ministry.
In attendance were: Health authorities ( NPHIL), ALL twenty six (26) Sports Federations, and Associations Presidents or, General Secretaries.
In an exclusive interview with Liberia Minister of Youth & Sports, D. Zeogar Wilson – he told this site that it is mandatory that all athletes and administrators in various sports be tested before resuming activities.
” YES! We have lifted the ban on sports in the country, but it is contingent on federations/Associations teams and players to follow the guidance that we have presented; approved by the Ministry of Health, and the incident management team.”
He, however emphasised that there will be no spectators at ALL sporting facilities.
“Among the things ALL federations, and Associations are expected to do are: There will be no spectators at in close sports venues across the country, all players will be tested before resuming trainings, and they’re also expected to maintain social distancing on the bench.”
According to him, athletes are expected to always wear face masks – including a constant check of temperature before every game in adherence to the covid-19 protocols.
” ALL pre test results are to be send to the director of sports, Thomas Kojo at the Ministry before the National public health institute of Liberia can take control.
Meanwhile, the Ministry is also prepare to further assist the various teams in smoothly getting their players tested.” Min Wilson said.
It would be recalled, the government imposed a BAN on ALL sporting activities across the country on 17 March following the announcement of Liberia’s first covid-19 case.
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