The Federal Government has lifted the ban on sporting activities which are to resume without fans in the stadiums, the sportsbay.com reports.
It will be recalled that the FG earlier approved the use of recreational parks for supervised physical exercise and non-contact sports.
This was made known by the National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Dr. Sani Aliyu, during its briefing in Abuja.
“Restriction is removed on outdoor communal (non-contact) sports and use of recreational parks for supervised physical exercise, and sporting leagues to resume with no fans in stadiums and with necessary NPIs to be directed by the Federal Ministry of Sports and Youth Development and the NCDC”.
This reopening has come as a huge relief for football stakeholders such as footballers, referees, coaches, administrators as well as journalists that have long longed for the return of sporting activities in the country.
Following the outbreak of COVID-19 in Nigeria in February this year, the Nigeria Football Federation in March announced the suspension of all football-related activities in the country until further information
With this in mind, the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL; the Nigeria Women’s Football League, NWFL; the Nigeria National League, NNL and the Nationwide League One, NLO are all expected to resume soon.