Contact training for team sports soon?

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  • Thursday, 02 Jul 2020

PETALING JAYA: There could be more cheers for our athletes in the coming weeks.

There are signs that the Youth and Sports Ministry would allow contact training for team sports such as football and martial arts. Competitions for non-contact sports are also on the cards.

Currently, athletes have to maintain social distancing between three to five metres during training.

In a statement by Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican (pic), he said the suggestions were made because there have been fewer Covid-19 cases and the strict adherence to the standard operating procedures (SOP) by the sports associations.

“Looking at the Covid-19 development in Malaysia, I will bring the suggestion to allow contact training for team sports like football and also martial arts during the special cabinet meeting on the movement control order implementation on July 9,” he said.

“I will also suggest the resumption of sports and recreational competitions in stages, starting with non-contact activities like motor racing, recreational sport, water sport and extreme sports.”

The suggestion to allow full contract training would see the Malaysian Football League (MFL) and other competitions start earlier.

However, these suggestions will have to get the approval of the National Security Council, Health Ministry and the cabinet.

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