Return of contact sport remains in doubt

By ZBC Reporter

The resumption of high-risk sport codes still remains in doubt as the government is still weighing options on best possible ways for the safe return of sport.

The return of contact sports in the country remains in limbo as government is still working on modalities on how best it can re-introduce different games in the wake of COVID-19.

While the return of football has been a topical issue given that the Warriors are set to clash in AFCON and CHAN games in the next few months, it seems the return of other sport codes is a tall order.

Speaking to ZBC News in Harare this Monday, the Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation Dr Kirsty Coventry said they have put in place a committee which is looking into modalities on how best contact sports can be allowed back in the fields.

“Of course we understand that athletes and sportspeople have been starved of their games, we need to consider health first before anything else,” she says.

However, as government we have put in place a committee which is working with the Sports and Recreation Commission to see how best different sporting disciplines can be allowed back in the country,” she adds.

Zimbabwe banned most sport codes in March as part of measures to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With most countries in the region like South Africa, Zambia and Tanzania having allowed their sport back, and with Zimbabwe set clash against Algeria in back-to-back AFCON qualifiers in November and later on participate in CHAN finals, it is hoped that government will ease their restrictions and allow sport to return.