Football, Rugby Get Lifeline

Sport Zimbabwe

Mugove Chigada

FOOTBALL, Rugby and other high risk sports have received a lifeline from the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC).

The Commission said it is waiting for responses from the affected disciplines on whether they have the capacity to resume while observing agreed protocols in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The SRC revealed the details of the plan at a press briefing held on Monday, with indications that protocols demanded from football can be easily met at a time there is a nationwide outcry to resume the game.

A positive response from the associations to the SRC will then leave the Ministry with responsibility to give the green light for resumption.

“We have eradicated the bubble system and tried to look at what other countries in the region are doing… The quicker we can resume, the better for us,” SRC board member, Dr Allen Chiura said.

“We sent the letter today (Monday). By end of day, we can put up a recommendation to the Ministry and say, I think we can start.”

Another board member Nigel Munyati said the SRC will not be in a position to financially support those associations without capacity to meet set conditions.

Board Chairman Gerald Mlotshwa said: “the SRC authorised 24 disciplines classified as low risk to commence. Those have commenced. What we are focusing on are those in medium and high risk.”