The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has rekindled hope for the resumption of all contacts sports including football, even as all Covid-19 protocols must be complied with.
The Federal Government had suspended all sporting activities in March following the outbreak of the covid-19 pandemic. The Ministry is however insisting on full compliance with all covid-19 protocol before the organization of any sports event once the ban on sports activities is lifted by PTF.
According to the statement from the Ministry, plans have been concluded for the return of all sporting events including football subject to the approval of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19.
“We are hopeful that the re-opening of all sports will be shortly upon us. The Ministry has done all that’s necessary and required especially with regard to the COVID-19 protocols. The PTF, Health Ministry, and NCDC have guided appropriately. A bit of Patience. Sports lovers
Meanwhile, former Super Eagles winger Tijani Babangida has urged the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 to lift the ban on contact sports in the country.
Babangida said, “I am appealing to the PTF to allow sports especially football and other contact sports to resume because in Europe and in other parts of the world, sporting activities have been allowed to resume, why should Nigeria’s case be different he asked?
“Even if the sports come back without fans, it’s good but at least, they should lift the ban on sporting activities like other parts of the world have done.
“It is not good that while leagues in Europe and other parts of the world are back, even though it is without fans, NPFL and other sports are still under ban. PTF should please allow these sports to come back too.”