Don’t play: Ne­mani

Fiji Sun - - SPORTS -

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

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