Department of Sport, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa has given non-contact sport the green light to resume training and playing, while contact sport will be allowed to train in a staggered, controlled manner.
In a media briefing on Saturday, 30 May 2020, the Minister revealed that all sporting bodies must within 14 days provide in writing the date of resumption and an operational guideline including a guarantee in the form of affidavits related to the testing of all officials.
Mthethwa outlined that sport grounds, fields and swimming pools for non-contact sport and training for professional athletes may resume in compliance with the health protocol without any spectators, meaning behind closed doors.
The control measures are strict with massages, ice-baths and saunas banned while physiotherapists will only be able to work on injured athletes.
It was announced that golf will be returning, with other non-contact sports such as tennis, swimming, track and field, cricket, chess, surfing, rowing, gymnastics, canoeing, cycling, still to be announced when federations provide further information starting from 1 June 2020.
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Mthethwa also clarified recreational sport in not included in the decisions that have been taken.
Photo 1 Caption: Department of Sport, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa has given non-contact sport the green light to resume training and playing, while contact sport will be allowed to train in a staggered, controlled manner. Photo: Department of Sport, Arts and Culture.