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Museveni Reopens Sports, But With Restrictions

President Museveni has given a greenlight for the resumption of Sports in the country but with stringent restrictions amidst Coronavirus struggle.

This, comes after 186 days since a ban on public gatherings was effected in March 18, 2020.

Addressing the Nation on Sunday night, Museveni put up strong restrictions including NO fans and urged them to watch on TVs.

“Open-air activities of sports will be opened provided there are no spectators,” said Musevebi. “We must learn to have games without spectators.”

The President, however, has said that no indoor sports will be allowed; meaning that all games like Netball, Basketball, Volleyball etc will be played on outdoor courts.

He added that Players should be tested 72 hours before they can be allowed to play, tested every after 14 days and all must be quarantined for the whole championship.

Gaming centers, Gyms and Casinos have been told to remain closed.

The greenlight for Sports Resumption comes on a back of strong efforts from National Council of Sports, Federation of Uganda Football Association among other stakeholders.

NCS had earlier drafted Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Sports Federations to follow, which they presented to the Ministry of Education and Sports and Ministry of Health.

In addition, FUFA officials have held various meetings with State Minister for Sports Hamson Obua and Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda over how safe Sports can return.

However, this comes after most Federations have already cancelled all domestic activities for the calendar year.

The Uganda Women Under-17 team is expected to kickoff preparations for the World Cup Qualifiers against Cameroon.

The 2020/21 Uganda Premier League, notably, will kickoff in October 17, 2020 tentatively.

Brian Kawalya

Brian Kawalya

Chief Sports Writer
Brian Kawalya is an Award winning Journalist, Director and Chief Sports Writer of The-SportsNation, covering top events and breaking some of the biggest stories.
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