Sport to Continue as Museveni reveals new tight Covid19 restrictions.

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By Jimmy Patrick Alunyo

Following the increasing number of coronavirus cases in the country due to a massive second wave, there were a lot of uncertainties concerning the continuation of sporting activities in the country.

President Kaguta Museveni last evening in his state of the nation address allowed all sporting activities in the country to continue under strict restrictions. The announcement was made on Sunday night as the president revealed the way forward after a surge in Covid19 cases in the country. The President confirmed that sport will go ahead but without spectators, among other SOPs and he also reiterated that failure to adhere to the restrictions will lead to total closure.

During the first lockdown, all sports were stopped alongside other activities. It was only after  20th September 2020 that the president gave a greenlight to sports but under strict guidelines. This time round, sporting events have been allowed but with tighter controls.It will be left to be seen if sports disciplines will continue to thrive under these stringent conditions.  

Earlier last week, the National Council of Sport (NCS) ordered FUBA to suspend the league while the Cricket Association put their activities on halt for the women team’s trip to Rwanda for the Kwibuka Tournament.

The Federation of Uganda Football Association also postponed the restart of the regional league and walked back on the decision to allow fans. Among the sporting activities still allowed by FUFA, include the Uganda Premier League, the Uganda Cranes are still training at Lugogo ahead of their international friendlies and athletes are preparing for the coming Tokyo  Olympic games. It will remain to be seen whether the federation will be able to sustain all these sports given the restrictions on inter-district movement.

There is massive vaccination and it all athletes have been encouraged to take part.

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