The National Council of Sports have given stringent conditions before the suspended National Sports Festival, tagged’ Edo 2020′ can be held, The SportsBay.com reports.
In an unanimous decision which was taken during a virtual meeting held on Monday agreed that the Festival will be held once the hosting state, Edo puts in place adequate measure towards ensuring that the protocols of COVID-19 are strictly enforced before, during and after the sporting festival by the athletes, participants and officials.
The virtual meeting which was hosted by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Hon. Sunday Dare had other the stakeholders in the sport in attendance.
In a communique issued at the end of the meeting, Council amongst others agreed; to set up a committee comprising members of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 (PTF), Nigeria Centre for Disease and Control (NCDC), Federal Ministry of Health, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, 6 Honourable Sport Commissioners from the Political Zones and Representatives of State Directors of Sports Forum. The secretariat of the Committee will be domiciled in the Planning Monitoring and Information Department of the Ministry.
The Terms of Reference for the Committee includes; To ensure that the Covid-19 infrastructures in Edo State are up-to-date and adequate, ensure that the Covid-19, Protocol is understood, monitored and well implemented, consideration of the forthcoming Edo election and allow for 2-3 weeks preparation of the NSF.
Expectedly, the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development will put together a Sports Code of Practice/Management to further guide the Edo 2020 sporting activities during the Covid-19 period in preparation for the reopening of the Stadia. The Committee will also ensure that all the approved sports for NSF are maintained.
Following all the necessary measures to be put in place, Government expects that the sporting festival will serve as a great unifying factor at this time of challenge not only for the country but globally.
“After more than more months of uncertainty, we need to chart a new course for our sports just like is been done globally. Our final decision will be based on consultations with the Ministry of Health and the National Task Force on COVID-19, he said.
The Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee and Edo State deputy governor, Comrade Philip Shuaibu said the state was ready to host the Festivals while putting into cognisance the need to expand COVID-19 isolation centers.
“We are ready to host the Festival, but other states may not be ready. The issue of health is something that we all take seriously. Isolation centers have been further expanded to bigger capacity. We have set up many testing centers that would screen athletes before and after games, “he said.