Scrapping of youth meets the right treatment

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  • Wednesday, 03 Jun 2020

PETALING JAYA: The “safety first” approach in cancelling youth-level competitions and the Malaysia Premier Futsal League (MPFL) have received the thumbs-up from the sports medicine fraternity in the country.

Malaysian Association of Sports Medicine (MASM) president Assoc Prof Dr Abdul Halim Mokhtar said crowd control in open fields was a major concern.

“The need to curb the spread of Covid-19 is still crucial, the stakeholders like the footballers, teams, officials need to operate in a safe environment,” said Dr Abdul Halim, commenting on the Football Association of Malaysia’s (FAM) decision to scrap the Under-21 President’s Cup and the Under-19 Youth Cup competitions.

“The Super League and Premier League are elite level competitions which are held in stadiums and there is better control for these matches. If you see the Bundesliga and the South Korean League, which have resumed, they are held in stadiums with stringent standard operating procedures (SOP).”

Former National Sports Institute (NSI) director-general Datuk Dr Ramlan Abdul Aziz pointed out that the cancellation of the youth level football competitions had to be viewed from a medical perspective.

“For me, this decision is taken to protect the well-being of the public, the most important thing is to not expose these youngsters to Covid-19 infection,” said Dr Ramlan.

“Although they are not considered high-risk groups for infection and are in better health compared to the older age group, they still have the risk of contracting the virus and could spread it to other family members in the high-risk group.”
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