President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has 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.
“Sports events will operate under strict observance of SOPs with no spectators, ALL players must have a negative PCR test,” he stated in a nationwide address.
Museveni who announced new measures, banned Schools, Communal Prayers and other public gatherings at least until July 19, 2021 (a period of 42 days).
Public transport from District to district has been suspended from June 10, while it has been allowed within the district. Curfew remains from 9pm to 5:30am.
However, Factory activities, Construction, Civil Markets will continue while observing SOPs as provided by Ministry of Healthy.
The President said that failure to adhere to the restrictions will lead to total closure.
Giving an insight, Museveni revealed that Cumulative cases stand at 52929, reported confirmed deaths at 374 and recoveries at 43487. He added that 634 patients are admitted at both public and private facilities. This means that only 8% of the cases confirmed in the last 14 days are on the admission.
He explained: “We are concerned that this will exhaust the available bed space and oxygen supply in hospitals, unless we constitute urgent public healthy measures.”
The President also added that the Government is committed to vaccinate all eligible Ugandans starting with the priority groups.
What Next For Sports?
Sport was earlier banned on March 18 2020 during the first lockdown.
On September 20 2020, the President gave a greenlight to Sport but under strict restrictions.
This time round, it promises to be tighter given restrictions on transport among others.
Whether Sport can prosper in such a hard restricted environment, will be known in the coming days.
Earlier, National Council of Sport (NCS) ordered FUBA to suspend the league while Cricket Association put their activities on a halt hours to the National Women team’s trip to Rwanda for Kwibuka Tournament.
Football Governing body (FUFA) postponed the restart of the Regional League and walked back on decision to allow fans.
There is still much at stake here – Uganda Premier League is still ongoing while some athletes are still preparing for the coming Tokyo 2020 Olympic games.
The Uganda Cranes are training at Lugogo ahead of their International Friendly with Bafana Bafana on June 10 in South Africa.
The spread of coronavirus has affected the staging of sporting events around the country with some Sports disciplines like Boxing yet to return.
Stricter measures, including Vaccination, are expected to be made mandatory by sports bodies in the coming days.