Competitive rugby set to resume

By ZBC Reporter
SPORTING action is slowly returning with rugby becoming the latest sport code to get the green light from the Sport and Recreation Commission to resume training and competitive action.
With stringent Covid-19 compliance set out for sporting activities to resume, the Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) has managed to get clearance to return to full training and competitive action
ZRU Vice President, Martin Shone says the development is set to play a pivotal role in ensuring the country gets back to competing for honours with other countries.
He was, however, quick to point out that further internal processes will have to be followed before getting the ball rolling.
“We are excited and we have been waiting to start playing some rugby. The guys have been training indoors individually but now that we have been given the go-ahead, it’s a welcome development. Before we can even go that far; we are not sure when we will be able to start. We have handed the issue over to the medical committee who are going to guide us on the modalities. Once we have a clear roadmap from the medical team, we will then have to sit down with the board and the clubs and the players involved and map a way forward in terms of playing the game. As you know that rugby is contact and physical sport, so we have to be very careful in that regard,” he said.
Part of the conditions for approval includes the adherence to laid out protocols such as testing for all players, officials and ancillary staff.
Specific venues earmarked for use have to be submitted and inspected while regular disinfection and cleaning of changing rooms, toilets, stands, offices and media centres is also mandatory.
Only last week, golf was also given the approval to return to full action which also included the opening of all the commercial units at golf courses.
Other sport codes deemed as high risk, however, remain barred from any activity.

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