Malawi National Council of Sports has banned all events including sport that were earmarked to take place at Blantyre Youth Centre (BYC) and Kamuzu Institute of Sports (KIS).
Sports Council Acting Executive Secretary, Henry Mereka, said the decision was reached in consultation with other stakeholders to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
“We regret to inform you that BYC has suspended all sporting activities and any related events until such a time as may be convenient. This decision has been taken in an effort to adhere to Blantyre City Assembly’s directive to ensure necessary precautionary measures are taken to prevent Convid-19. The same arrangement applies to Kamuzu Institute for Sports,” he said.
Mereka said it was time for the sporting industry to join the rest of the nation and world in a fight against coronavirus.
“This coronavirus is something else and we need to be on guard throughout by following all safety and health measures to prevent its spread,” he said.
Recently, Sports Council also suspended athletes and local sport bodies from taking part in international events.
Mereka in statement stated that the effect of coronavirus pandemic all over the world cannot be ignored.
“Malawi put first the livelihood of its athletes and officials and this is why MNCS wishes to join the rest of the world and all stakeholders in sport to seriously take all precautionary measures. Therefore Sports Council stops all sport associations from sending or hosting any athletes and officials any international engagements until such a time that the virus has been officially contained,” he said.
Mereka urged all sport associations to be in constant liaison with their international bodies to monitor progress of the pandemic and also on the pending sporting events Malawi was to participate.