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COVID-19: Contact Sports ‘ll Resume Soon, Minister Assures

By Jude Opara, Abuja

The Minister  of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare has said he was hopeful contact sporting activities   including football would resume soon in full compliance with all COVID -19  protocols.


Recall that the Federal Government  had suspended  all sporting activities  in March following  the out  break of the global COVID-19 pandemic.  

A statement issued on Wednesday by the Special Assistant to the Minister on Media, Joshua Akanji, warned that the expected resumption must be in strict  adherence to all COVID-19 protocols as approved by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID -19.

The  statement  further said that already the Ministry has started engaging the PTF, and that 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.

“We are hopeful that the re-opening of all sports will be shortly upon us. The Ministry has done all that’s necessary and required especially with regard to the COVID-19 protocols. The PTF, Health Ministry and the Nigerian Center for Decease Control (NCDC) have guided appropriately. 
“Therefore, sports lovers are advised to be a little more patient and everything will return to normalcy” the statement concluded.

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