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High hopes for sports restart


High hopes for sports restart
Table tennis president Dale Rudder (left) speaking with football president Randy Harris. (Picture by Kenmore Bynoe)

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Sporting bodies in Barbados are anticipating a fresh set of COVID-19 directives from Sunday when hopefully some leeway would be given for competitive activities to restart.

Such hopes were raised when the Minister of Health Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic, Minister of Sports Dwight Sutherland, Chief Medical Officer Dr Kenneth George, head of the Covid-19 Monitoring Unit, Ronald Chapman, and other officials met with the heads of over 40 sporting associations yesterday to discuss the framework for gradual resumption of training, competition, and the return of spectators.

All of the mass competitive sports like football, basketball, cricket, hockey, volleyball and netball were represented along with the racquet games, swimming, boxing, cycling, motor sports as well as those of the equine nature.

Bostic said that they were not a decision-making committee but with the most recent directives ending on Saturday night and, in recognition of the physical, social, psychological and financial significance of sports to Barbadians, they needed input from the sporting heads on how to gradually reopen competitive sport. (KB)

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