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Sports today: FG gives go-ahead on outdoor sports

National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Dr Sani Aliyu, has said the Federal Government has lifted its ban on non-contact outdoor sports across the Country.

Aliyu disclosed this to sport news men in Abuja on Thursday while also approving the use of recreational parks for physical exercise under strict supervision.

Recall that Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 had in March placed a restriction on sporting activities, following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

According to PUNCH News, the federal government had decided to ease the restriction on outdoor non-contact sports but stressed that recreational parks are not to be used for social interaction purposes.

Aliyu said “For recreational parks/communal sports, restrictions are removed on outdoor communal non-contact sports and the use of recreational parks for supervised physical exercise, not for social interactions. For recreational parks that are unable to enforce this, we expected them to remain closed.

“For outdoor non-contact sports, these include tennis, table tennis, squash, badminton, cycling, athletics, golf, polo, para-athletics, cricket and other non-contact outdoor communal activities. In the event that people are not certain, please contact the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports for further guidance.” he added.

Acdording to Aliyu, “The NCDC (Nigeria Centre for Disease Control) issued a statement to that effect but the lifted ban does not guarantee that National Sports Festival is confirmed to hold in October.

“So, any decision that will be taken will be in conjunction with the NCDC, the PTF and of course the final person who is the President of Nigeria.

“The minister had made it clear that we can begin gradually with the non-contact sports like polo, golf, squash, and track and field. We can also begin easing up of the facilities so that people can begin training. It is going to be a gradual process.”

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