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Operational Plans of Sports Bodies Under Scrutiny

June 24, 2020

Department of Sports, Arts and Culture

Plans drawn up by sports bodies are being considered by the sports, arts and culture department.

The department confirmed this in a statement on the implementation of the Coronavirus COVID-19 Alert Level 3 Sports Directions published in Government Gazette 43434 on 11 June 2020.

The Directions gave the green light to professional non-contact sports matches to take place in a stadium without spectators.

Professional contact sports were also able to resume training.

Sports bodies were given 14 days to draw up operational plans.

The department pointed out that the National Institutute of Communicable Diseases was also weighing up the plans.

The sports, arts and culture minister, Nathi Mthethwa, needs to approve the applications based on the recommendation of the appointed team and relevant sports bodies will be informed of the decision of the minister in writing.

No sports body can resume training or matches, either contact or non-contact, without the approval of the minister.

According to the department, officials, armed with a special identity document, will be deployed to monitor compliance with the Directions.

The department expressed appreciation for the cooperation shown by sports bodies and committed to work closely to ensure that the sector is not responsible for increasing the spread of COVID-19.