The Uganda Rugby Union has expressed their readiness to return to action amidst Covid19 pandemic.
There has not been Rugby action in Uganda since March when the Union suspended all activities following a government directive to ban all public gatherings due to Covid19.
Government gave a greenlight to Sports resumption towards the end of 2020 but the Union failed to meet the required SOPs and hence Rugby remained on hold.
On Tuesday, in a letter addressing all Rugby Club Chairpersons, the Union has given a road map.
The Union says that they have been forced to resume as they target to keep players engaged and ready for upcoming international engagements.
There are 2021 Olympic games final Qualifiers tournament in June, the same month that will see Uganda take part on Elgon Cup as well before facing Senegal and Algeria as well as Women International the following month of July.
“It is thus important that we forge a way forward to get the Sport up and running in a safe environment to all confirmed,” reads the letter from URU, in part.
“The URU Executive Committee after consultations with the Technical Committee, Commercial
Department, Uganda Rugby Medical Society and Government of Uganda resolved to Return to play
whilst observing the SOPs to have the game played in a safe environment.”
The Rugby Premiership will start on March 6 and will run over nine weekends in a single round robin format.
There will be Regional Men’s Rugby held in satellite one day tournaments, while Women’s Rugby will see 10s RTP competition played in tourney format as well.
Schools Rugby faced a big hurdle given that only candidates have been allowed to attend classes by Government at the moment.
In a bid to observe SOPs, the Union already provided every registered club with face masks for all their players while all rugby playing facilities have been given hand wash facilities.
The Union has also stated that they will work with clubs to ensure that players carry out Covid19 PCR tests.
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