South Africa players set to resume training

South Africa were the winners of the World Cup last year
South Africa were the winners of the World Cup last year
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South Africa players are all set to resume training after the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa briefed on the guidelines as they are staging a recovery from the pandemic coronavirus.

Accordingly, professional sports teams have been asked to send a proposal within 14 days mentioning on how the safety of players and officials along with journalists and broadcast crews will be safeguarded.

According to Mthethwa , non-contact sports could resume under Level 3 of the lockdown provided they meet guidelines to prevent the transmission of the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, South Africa Rugby’s CEO Jurie Roux welcomed the announcement from the Minster and is confident of having a safe resumption of the game.

“This is the news sport has been waiting to hear as it allows us to begin to ramp up preparations for an eventual return-to-play,” said Roux.

“We submitted a comprehensive, staged return-to-play protocols document to the department five weeks ago and we are ready to begin medical screening of players immediately.

“We will seek further clarity from the department on the application of the guidelines as they apply to contact training.

“But this is an opportunity for our players to enhance their lockdown training regimes by increasing their fitness work for an eventual return to play.”


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