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Ministry re-works sports return proposal

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FATE ON THURSDAY—Super League games

The Ministry of Youth and Sports Tuesday was expected to present a re-worked roadmap on sports restart to the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 before making its determination Thursday.

In the first option, the Ministry of Sports proposed that sports return without spectators but the ministry has also made another suggestion whereby fans would be allowed in stadiums at a reduced capacity to maintain social distance due to Covid-19.

Details indicate that the ministry proposed that once fans will be allowed the stadium’s capacity will be reduced to quarter.

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The sports fraternity is anxiously waiting for the resumption of other sporting activities after the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 only sanctioned Malawi national team training last week.

Sports Ministry was advised to re-work on the road map before the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 meets. However, spokesperson for Ministry of Youth and Sports, Simon Mbvundula asked for more time before commenting on the matter.

Last week co-chairperson of the Task Force Dr John Phuka disclosed that the fate of Super League would be known on tomorrow.

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“We have also looked at the elite Super League, we will give a very clear position on the dates on Thursday. In the meantime, we have received a comprehensive guidelines especially that our aspirations for sports include spectators, we don’t want the spectators to be completely avoided from the stands, we want to see if there away we can include spectators from the outset but they have to be in numbers to prevent the spread of Coronavirus,” Phuka told journalists last week.

His sentiments gave fans hope that they could return to the stadium soon or later.

According to statistics, Bingu National Stadium is the biggest with a capacity of 4040 whereas Civo Stadium has a capacity of 22,000. Silver Stadium has a capacity of 20,000 followed by Kamuzu Stadium with a capacity of 14,000 whereas Mzuzu is at 10,000. Chitowe Stadium based in Dwangwa, Nkhota-kota has a capacity of 9000 whereas Mangochi Stadium is at 7000 with Mpira Stadium in Blantyre at 6000.

Majority of the community stadiums have a capacity of 5000 except for Balaka which is at 4000.

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