By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare has given the latest update on the resumption of sporting activities across Nigeria amid COVID-19 pandemic.
He gave the update in a series of tweets on his official Twitter handle.
“In Nigeria, sports was at the forefront of creating the needed awareness for this pandemic and our sector must not also shy away from playing a leading role in restarting our sporting life as a nation guided by the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.
The Minister confirmed that the Ministry is reviewing plans with relevant authorities in the country in order to come out with COVID-19 Sports Code which will guide the resumption of sporting activities in Nigeria.
“Global sports is reviewing its plans, calendar, and related activities in view of the pandemic. Here in Nigeria, we are doing the same thing and working wisely with the COVID-19 Presidential Task Force, PTF, Health Ministry, and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC. The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has developed a COVID-19 Sports Code to be released soon.
Mr. Sunday Dare also confirmed the submission of the report by Committee on the National Sports Festival, Edo 2020, as he affirmed the importance of the health of athletes.
“The Committee on the National Sports Festival 2020 set up by the National Council on Sports a month ago today submitted it’s reports. We will study the report in its entirety carefully. The Ministry will be properly guided on re-starting any sporting activity with COVID-19 in view.
“World Athletics has developed a COVID-19 Sports Code, English Premier League, EPL, International Olympic Committee, IOC, and other sporting regimes- governments, private, continental, and International are developing such strict COVID-19 Sports Codes. Nigeria is not left out. The health of our athletes will always come first.” He concluded.
The Ministry postponed the Edo 2020 National Sports Festival as well as sporting activities across the country in March due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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