There is hope for a return of sporting activities in the country, following the continuous reduction in the daily recorded cases of COVID-19, The PUNCH reports.
The Federal Government had March 18 announced the suspension of all sporting activities in the country in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
However, the FG lockdown had been relaxed, with worship centres, schools and hospitality centres gradually resuming activities, thus sparking up hope that sporting events might commence soon.
Checks by our correspondent showed that with the highest daily cases in the country recorded July 1 (790), there has been a gradual decrease thereafter.
Since July 1, the highest other figure recorded was July 11, when there were 664 positive cases. This has however continued to reduce on a daily basis.
Our correspondent learnt the sports ministry was monitoring the situation with the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 to propose the best time for sports return.
Special Adviser on Media and sports minister, John Joshua-Akanji, said “The ministry is working in close alliance with the PTF to monitor development regarding when it is safe to reopen sports. Like the Federal Government, the (sports) minister is concerned about the welfare and wellbeing of all athletes, officials and fans.”
“While the protocol for sports has been submitted, we will not risk the lives of our sportsmen and women by rushing to resume sports when it is not safe to do so. As soon as the situation improves, we shall resume with non-contact sports.”
The reduction in the positive cases comes despite the increased testing being recorded in the country.