By Nji Nelson Chefor
Sports writer, kick442.com Cameroon.
The 6th edition of the African Nations Championship, CHAN, will begin in Cameroon in under 24 hours.
It is no longer news that the competition is taking place at a time when the whole world and the football community is battling to keep players and officials safe from the Covid-19 pandemic.
With Cameroon the host, and all participating countries affected by the pandemic, the Confederation of African Football, CAF, via it’s medical commission had put in place measures to keep players, officials safe before, during the competition.
Before any official delegation departs for Cameroon, their country must conduct the Covid-19 test on all members of the delegation. On arrival at the airport in Cameroon, there are no formalities of handshakes and hugging.
Another Covid-19 test is conducted before the delegation takes up residence in their respective hotels when they must have had the results at the airport. The members of the delegation respect social distancing and must put on facemask.
Even the buses put at the disposal of the teams are bigger and can permit social distancing while in the bus.
While in Cameroon in their hotels and as prescribed by CAF, each member of the delegation occupies a room. No two players are expected to share a room.
For trainings, everything has been done to ensure that they are little contacts options. Scenarios where players hold each other on the shoulders have been put out.
24 hours before matches, every one directly involve in the match including the media is tested. Those who test positive are immediately isolated.
Teams have equally adopted local medical treatment measures and this is guided by CAF to avoid the spread of the virus where it exists.
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