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Sports Resumption: Cricket Calls For Government Assistance

Uganda Cricket Association CEO Martin Ondeko has asked Government to help the Federations as they gear up for Sports return.

This comes after President Museveni issued out strict guidelines for the resumption that include testing of players twice a month and quarantine for a whole championship.

Testing for Covid19 is Sh240500 per individual which can mount to over Sh7m for just one team.

“Government should come in testing of players and officials which is one of the key requirements to commence,” Ondeko told The-SportsNation.

“They should extend more support to Federations to ensure that they can actually have the events. Remember Federations have been closed and not generating any income.”

Sports has been on hold since March 18 when government put a ban on public gatherings.

Last Sunday, Sports was one of the activities which were given a greenlight to return.

“After almost seven months, we are happy that finally sports is resuming though but the conditions to start are a bit too stringent,” Ondeko adds.

“Just like many other sports, it will be a challenge to meet some of the conditions. Indeed government has to come in to assist the federations. We are glad that we held the meeting (with National Council of Sports) to get clarifications and will play our part to fulfill our requirements.”

Few weeks back, UCA canceled the 2020 activities due to the Covid19 pandemic.

The activities affected included the National Men and Women leagues and Cricket Week.

Ondeko says that there was no time left to complete the leagues after doing the permutations.

He adds that there are cooking something in case conditions permit: “We would like to have some Cricket played and are focusing on shorter version games like T20 games.”


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