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Mthethwa said that sporting bodies and organisations would need to maintain strict standards of hygiene and perform extensive sterilisation of facilities and equipment. Mthethwa made it surf rental clear that only professional sports will be allowed to resume, as they can be adequately monitored for compliance. Should an application be declined by Mthethwa, non-contact sporting bodies can appeal this ruling, which will be considered within 14 days after filing.
- According to Glover Tennis SA has already started the Covid-19 coaching license application process for coaches.
- President Ramaphosa said that all sporting venues and mass exercise venues will remain closed and sporting activities will still be prohibited.
- Players, officials and support staff will be tested prior to entering this zone,’ Jordaan said.
- No matches or other sporting events should take place, with the exception of professional, elite, inter-county, and senior club championship, which should all take place behind closed doors.
- It does, however, leave sports like football and rugby in limbo as their players will be allowed to train but matches remain prohibited.
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The department have also provided definitions of what constitutes non-contact sport and also what amounts to elite and professional sport. The directives, which come into immediate effect, fall under the advanced level 3 lockdown regulations. Both SA Rugby and the Premier Soccer League have put work into developing return-to-play plans, but it seems they may have to put those on ice until such time as government agrees to further relaxation of the regulations. President Cyril Ramaphosa poured cold water on hopes that sport might be able to return under level 3 of lockdown.
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These non-contact sports codes include Gymnastics, Swimming, Golf, Rowing, Surfing, Canoeing, Cycling, Cricket and Tennis. Minister of sport, arts, and culture Nathi Mthethwa has issued new directives for the resumption of sports and the reopening of cinemas, theatres, libraries, archives, museums and galleries. President Ramaphosa said that all sporting venues and mass exercise venues will remain closed and sporting activities will still be prohibited. No matches or other sporting events should take place, with the exception of professional, elite, inter-county, and senior club championship, which should all take place behind closed doors.
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The easing of lockdown restrictions to level 3 from 1 June and the re-opening of professional non-contact sports is still leaving many sports under threat in these challenging times. Mthethwa says that the new regulations do not allow ordinary citizens to use sporting facilities and all sports people must seek permission to train and compete. The department have considered submissions from all sporting codes and confederations.
The president said that all sports venues and mass exercise venues will remain closed and sporting activities will still be prohibited. In terms of swimming and surfing, both Federations have indicated that they are ready to return, with Swimming SA’s policy being finalised this week. Both sports are non-contact and is geared towards social distancing by its nature. For surfing, the only area of risk identified is when surfers transition into the ocean from the beach, rocks or piers – similar risks faced by runners, joggers, walkers and cyclists under the current regulations. Various sports federations recently came together to discuss the future and phased return to sport. These sports federations have put strong risk mitigation strategies and policies in place based upon international best practice and in line with government regulations.
Coronavirus: Sports & Recreation Under Level 3
Under the rules for cinemas and theatres, libraries, archives, museums and galleries may also open to the public only if they apply strict health protocols. If the country had moved to Level 5 restrictions, as had been recommended by NPHET, no matches or sporting events would be allowed, while only individual training could continue and gyms would have to close. “All sporting arts, culture or religious events are prohibited except religious gatherings and professional non-contact sporting events for the purpose of preparation of major sporting events. From 1 June, non-contact sports can hold professional matches without spectators and contact sports are permitted to resume training.