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Coronavirus: SRC to restrict sports tours

BY DANIEL NHAKANISO

THE Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) will set stringent requirements for local athletes and sports teams intending to make international sporting tours as one of the measures to ensure the safety of local athletes due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

As the global sporting world has been thrown into disarray following the continued spread of the coronavirus, the issue of the deadly virus was naturally part of the agenda as the country’s sports regulatory body held its quarterly meeting with all national sports associations in Harare yesterday.

The meeting saw local sports stakeholders making presentations on the deadly virus before coming up with an inclusive position on international sporting tours.

“We discussed issues to do with the current coronavirus pandemic since we are the ones who approve tours to happen we are also guided by what is happening,” SRC director-general Prince Mupazviriho said.

“As you know, every association that travels out of the country we would have given them the green light to participate and whatever decision we make is a decision made in the interest of sport and of the country and when you read through the SRC Act, it would it also mention those two key issues.

“We are definitely focusing on that and guided by what is happening around us. As you know, all the international sports federations have postponed their activities so we would also expect our national associations here not to be making unreasonable requests for them to travel outside the country.”

SRC said it would only approve for local athletes and sports teams to make international tours after they have met certain requirements, which include written guarantees on the safety of the athletes from the host country or tournament organisers.

“Where they believe it’s necessary for them to make such a request, there are certain requirements and written guarantees that must be there, which come from the host country, association or clubs before we can give the authorisation, so these are some of the issues that we discussed in our quarterly meeting,” he said.

The Confederation of African Football on Friday night called off this month’s round of 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches.

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