Don’t play: Nemani
There should not be any sports played despite the relaxing of social gathering.
More than 40 arrests were made regarding sports which include 39 people in Lami while one arrest was made in Samabula. They were caught playing touch rugby.
The Permanent Secretary for Youth and Sports Maritino Nemani has confirmed that there will be no sports happening after responding to enquiries from noncontact and contact sports organisations.
“I would like to reiterate what has been advised already by government,” he said.
“The relaxing of social gathering of 20 people or less does not mean people are allowed to play sports.
“The Prime Minister
Voreqe Bainiamarama unequivocal statement on no sports remains affirmative until further notice.
“This messaging is consistent with the Ministry of Health statement that all sporting events in the country remains temporarily suspended.”
Maritino said, the ministry have received requests from both non-contact and contact sports hence their position remains the same. “We understand fully well that sports and well-being is important for us but also advice that there are many ways you can keep fit and healthy,” he said.
“I’mvery much aware of the new conditions some non-contact sports are applying in different jurisdictions so that they comply with the COVID 19 rules.”
“That does not necessarily mean we apply the same here. It is common knowledge that sports people, competitive or social are eager to get out there, but common sense, safety, prevention and care is our best guard.”
The Permanent Secretary for Youth and Sports Maritino Nemani.Photo: Supplied