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Directions on Contact and Non-contact Sport Matches Published

August 7, 2020

Department of Sports, Arts and Culture

Directions on the resumption of professional contact and non-contact sport matches have been published.

The sports, arts and culture department published the Directions in Government Gazette 43584.

A definition on “international sport event” is inserted into paragraph 1.

An international sport event “means individual or team participation in an invitation, tour, league, training or championship outside the borders of the republic in preparation for any minor, major or mega international sport event”.

Paragraph 2 is amended that provides for professional contact sport to resume matches and prohibits spectators from attending matches.

The amended Directions also stipulate that participation in an international sport event held outside South Africa is not allowed.

A new paragraph 6A on resumption of contact sport is inserted stipulating that professional contact sport may resume training and matches without any spectators and must comply with the health protocols.

Sports bodies need to inform the minister within 14 days of date of publication of the resumption of training and matches.

They also need to ensure that only the required players, match officials, support staff and medical personnel are allowed during the match.

A new Annexure C on resumption of professional contact and non-contact sport is also inserted.

The Directions came into effect on the date of publication.