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Official resumption of sports activities awaits review

Official resumption of all local sports activities awaits a scheduled review this week of prevailing restrictions on public gatherings by the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19.

Presently, most sporting activities in the country are on hold, as gatherings of more than 50 people are not allowed.

Interestingly, football’s top-flight TNM Super League restarted on Friday under closed doors following its suspension last January.

During her surprise visit to Civo Stadium in Lilongwe at a super league match between Civil Service United and TN Stars recently, Health Minister and Co-Chairperson for the Presidential taskforce on Covid-19 Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda promised a review of the laws after the Easter holiday.

“The positivity rate is getting lower and lower on daily basis. The President (Lazarus Chakwera) has said when the positivity rate is lower than 5%, we are going to review the guidelines like we did before,” highlighted the Health Minister.

Kandodo Chiponda went on to add that; “We appreciate the challenges facing the sports fraternity at the moment because of the guidelines. We know sports is their way of living and that is why were are considering to review the guidelines.”

Commenting on the developments, one of the local sports journalists Hankey Chimtengo, called on the government to seriously consider athletes on the set guidelines.

“We have seen politicians holding mass rallies but the government has not been as firm as they are in sports. Ours is a plea that they should consider loosening the measures so that their (athletes) social economic lives should not continue to suffer as the situation is at the moment,” Emphasized the Joy FM radio reporter.

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There are concerns of selective application of the set measures, as politicians were left to conduct mass campaigns in the recent by-elections.

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