Sport inches towards normalcy

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Mpho Tebele

Gaborone – With governments across Southern Africa easing social distancing restrictions, athletes are gradually resuming training in preparation for an anticipated return to active competition.

The Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) has set the ball rolling for the region as it took a decision this week to resume its 2020 calendar activities, starting from August 8 pending approval from regulators, the Botswana National Sport Council.

BAA general manager Pinkie Wilson said, “We do understand that most of our calendar activities have been affected because of the situation which forced us to postpone and even cancel most of our activities, both locally and abroad.”

BAA vice president Oabona Theetso added that the athletics body was working around the clock to put in place modalities to ensure the safety of the huge number of people under its umbrella.

“Athletics is not a contact sport, but how we will handle our training and competition matters. We do not want a situation where we will put our athletes at risk,” he said.

In a media statement, the National Sport Council said as the government continued to ease restrictions, a gradual return to training and competitions could be expected – as long as all participants and officials complied with health regulations.

The council said all sport competitions could resume except for netball, football and rugby, whose full-contact nature required more rigorous conditions for resumption.

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