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BNSC asks codes to prepare for sport resumption

The umbrella body for all sport codes, Botswana National Sport Commission (BNSC), has sent a communication to its affiliates asking them to demonstrate how they intend to undertake preparedness to resume sport activities pursuant to easing movement during COVID- 19 environment.

The codes have been given the 18th of Monday as deadline to have completed a questionnaire that will be later sent to the National COVID-19 team as an update on the possibility of sport activities resuming. The commission has therefore requested the codes to answer as many questions to satisfy the task team to finally uplift restrictions on sport.

Various sport activities have been clamped down since early weeks of March to prevent the spread of the corona virus.Public health authorities, worldwide, are concerned that, given the players/athletes direct contact with each other and close interactions with the general public, and in addition to their regular travels, they have been super accelerators of the corona virus.

And in the eyes of many health advisors, part of the impetus for asking codes to show preparedness, is that sport people are quick spreaders who unknowingly spread the disease to other people.

The Commission would want to know how soon the various codes could be in a position to resume their activities in the event the restrictions on movement and sport events are lifted. The communiqu sent by the commissions Chief Executive Officer, Falcon Sedimo , also expects the codes to qualify the level of risk of exposure to COVID-19 should sport activities resume.

Furthermore, the commission seeks to understand the planned or proposed strategy or strategies to resume their sports activities for the following groups namely, individual groups, club activities and associations groups.

The codes should also thoroughly outline health precautions that ought to be observed as soon as the sport activities come back to life. It is also imperative that sports code come with definite numbers that they activities usually attract.

The thought is meant at looking at available options so that, if need be, the numbers of spectators be trimmed down. In other countries, various sporting bodies have resolved to play their activities or games behind closed doors until everything get back to normalcy.

As a parting advice, the commission wants the codes to upload any documented plans or strategies they might have already developed for the resumption of sports activities.

This can also be supplemented by budget they may need to finally open all doors of sporting activities. Sedimo was not available to give more clarity when contacted by this publication.

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