Schools should seek approval for big sports events

The NSSU has called on all schools that wish to organise sports events involving public mass gatherings to seek approval from them or any other relevant federation.

08 July 2020 | Sports

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The Namibian Schools Sports Union (NSSU) national coordinator, Solly Duiker, says Namibia is now in stage four of the state of emergency that allows contact sports to resume and added that they prioritise the safety and well-being of school children, officials and spectators.

Thus it is important to adhere to the guidelines to ensure a safe and sustainable return of contact sport.



Requirements matter

Duiker said schools who submit a request for approval would be given the go-ahead if they met all the requirements like sanitising and checking the temperature of everyone entering the venue. People inside the venue also may not exceed the maximum number of 250.

This is per the regulations of public gatherings and is done in order to mitigate and suppress further spread of the virus, Duiker said.

“The school should meet all requirements as per hosting regulations and prescribed in the Namibia Sports Act of number 12 of 2003. This will ensure the hosting school is in compliance with the Covid-19 regulations and NSSU, as well as other agencies, will monitor the event,” he said.

He added that schools should not allow athletes to train if they display Covid-19 symptoms and the same should apply to officials, who should rather stay home, self-isolate and seek medical attention.



Have better planning

“Guidelines for training groups is that all cones and other training equipment should only be handled by coaching staff, schools should provide roasters for their training sessions to NSSU for record-keeping and there should be enough time between training groups to allow enough time for preparing the venue and players should leave the venue immediately after practice,” said Duiker.

He added that the NSSU and other agencies including the ministry of sport, youth and culture are empowered to conduct inspections to ensure compliance, and this would be done with the help of law enforcement agencies.

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