FG set to lift ban on contact sports

Posted On 15 Oct 2020
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Amidst growing calls by sports enthusiasts, sportsmen, and women for the ban to be lifted on contact sports, the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has raised the hope of critical parties for its resumption.

This also includes football, especially the leagues, but the government wants all COVID-19 protocols to be complied with.


The federal government had suspended all sporting activities in March, following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic that led to the shutdown of sporting activities worldwide, to curtail the spread of the virus.


According to the statement from the ministry, plans have been concluded for the return of all sporting events, including football, subject to the approval of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.


‘The Ministry has done all that’s necessary and required, especially with regard to the COVID-19 protocols.


“The PTF, Health Ministry, and National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) have also guided appropriately,” the statement said.


There are indications that an announcement for the resumption of contact sports would likely be made sooner than expected.


This is expected to bring succor to millions of sports stakeholders in the face of an unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, since March.


The federal government had earlier announced a partial opening of sports, especially the non- contact sports.


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