The Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 and the National Disaster Preparedness and Relief Committee have given the green light for the resumption of sports activities in the country but without spectators.
The Ministry of Sports proposed a sports return with fans but during a virtual meeting on Wednesday, the ministry was advised to consult its Health and Justice and Constitutional Affairs counterparts on the presence of fans during matches.
However, the meeting failed to come up with the actual date of the resumption.
Reports suggest that sports could return on Monday but the government was yet to confirm the development as we went to press.
Sports Minister Ulemu Msungama said all things being equal, sports could return by next week.
“I want to assure the sports fraternity that we have already worked on everything for the safe return of sports. We are also supposed to provide policy direction. There are some grey areas here and there that require fine-tuning but the bigger part has already been done. We will announce the dates sooner or later,” Msungama said.
The mystery surrounding the actual date of sports return has put Football Association of Malawi (Fam) in a tight spot over Flames preparations ahead of the Cosafa Cup and Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Fam Special Task Force on Covid-19 Chairperson, Chimango Munthali, said they are waiting for official communication from the government.
In its Sports roadmap, the ministry outlined several preventive measures to be followed by sports associations.
Some of the measures are testing of players and coaches, disinfection of sports venues and quarantine of athletes.
The measures also require that all venues have special rooms for isolation for those suspected to be Covid-19 positive.
Athletes are also not allowed to use public transport. The ministry also proposed that fans could return to the stadium but with strict preventive measures.