Shelly Guni, Sports Reporter
THE Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) yesterday said they were ready for the resumption of all sporting activities in the country.
President Mnangagwa has been engaging football clubs in recent weeks and yesterday he revealed the talks were on how to resume matches a er missing the entire 2020 season due to Covid-19 restrictions.
“I’ve been speaking to football clubs across Zimbabwe, including Dynamos and Highlanders to see how we can safely get players back on the pitch and fans in the stadiums,” tweeted President Mnangagwa yesterday.
Clubs have been pleading with authorities to resume the various leagues in the country as Zimbabwe was one of very few countries where football had been completely shelved.
Many leagues across the globe have been fulfilling fixtures in empty stadiums.
The SRC board addressed a virtual Press Conference where they highlighted that the onus of ensuring the safe and secure resumption of activities rested on national sports associations.
SRC board chairman Gerald Mlotshwa said high and medium-risk sports would be allowed to resume as soon as Thursday once they proved they had the financial and administrative capacity to do so.
“The Commission has since written to the various sports associations. As the SRC we feel it’s high time the country returns to full sporting activities.
“We hope by end of the week the sporting associations would have responded then we will then approach the Minister (Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation) and say these high-risk sports codes are now ready and it’s our recommendation that they be allowed to resume.
“It may not necessarily be all of them, but we are looking at them holistically to say let’s deal with you at one go and we move along those lines,” said Mlotshwa.
The board also highlighted that they were not in any financial position to help national sports associations.
Th e proposed bio-bubble concept has been scrapped.
However, they are lobbying the Government to have access to vaccines to complement current Covid19 protocols.
Dr Allen Chiura said the bubble concept had been eliminated in protocols sent out to national sports associations for the resumption of high-risk sports.
“We realised that the bio bubble concept was unsustainable financially for the associations so that will no longer be the case.
We will, however, still adhere to strict health protocols in terms of WHO guidelines.