By Angu Lesley
Football Writer, kick442.com-Cameroon
Officials of the South American Football Confederation [Conmebol] are working on a resumption of Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers games from this September.
This comes after a video conference meeting of the body’s executive on Friday June 19, 2020.
Conmebol halted football activities just like other continental bodies halted football activities following the outbreak of the Coronavirus rife earlier this year.
A recent outing by President Alejandro Dominguez on the Confederation’s website has been greeted with huge excitement in South America and beyond.
Alejandro revealed that the football body has approved the protocol and medical recommendations for training, competitions, and travels including operational manuals for arrival and departure from airports thus paving the way for a resumption of football.
Speaking after a videoconference meeting, the COMNEBOL boss delivered the message football stakeholders have been waiting for;
“Let it be clearly understood that the Conmebol competitions will return. For international competitions, perhaps we will wait till August. FIFA will determine if there will be qualifiers in September.” President Alejandro stated.
He further explained measures will be put in place, to outsmart the threats of the pandemic vis-à-vis the return of football.
“It is essential to deal with the return of football within the framework of general prevention procedures and measures that can be applied as a common minimum in different member associations and , guarantees the health of all,” president Alejandro Domínguez, quoted is quoted by the local media.
Employment of the measures for the resumption of football cannot be effective without the collaboration of member associations. Reacting to these questions about this possible difficulty, president Alejandro revealed COMNEBOL has adopted an all-inclusive approach.
“These documents were prepared by the Conmebol Medical Commission, in collaboration with expert epidemiologists and medical representatives from each of the member associations,” Domínguez further explained.
The first two rounds of the ten-nations South American Zone qualifiers were initially scheduled for March this year but called off due to the outbreak of the pandemic.
Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Colombia, Venezuela and Argentina are in the qualifiers for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup.
However, the president failed to mention when South America’s primary and secondary inter-club competitions viz; the Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana which has been halted since the outbreak of the pandemic will resume.
Last April, Comnebol announced that the Copa America initially scheduled this 2020 will take place in June-July 2021.
There are indications that the Confederation of African Football may resume at least part of their on-the-pitch activities around the same period.
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