By ZBC Reporter
SQUASH has been forced to cancel its activities locally and internationally owing to the covid 19 pandemic, with the Zimbabwe Open being the latest event to be put on ice.
The sport of squash that was rated as medium risk has seen all manner of activity put on hold in the country, with only those adjudged to be low risk taking place under specific guidelines.
This has meant that the annual Zimbabwe Open that is traditionally played during the Heroes and Defence Forces holiday was affected.
The Squash Rackets Association of Zimbabwe (SRAZ) missed out on sending players to the World Junior Squash Championships which was supposed to be held in July 2020 in Australia, World Masters in Poland and the Mauritius Open after they were cancelled owing to the Covid 19 pandemic.
While conceding that a lot of people who found their source of livelihood from the sport were in a difficult situation and that it was unlikely to resume this year, SRAZ President, Lucky Mlilo, called for calm and urged players to make sure they remain in shape.
“Definitely people will need to fall on Plan B or C to gain incomes but as for the athletes, they need to keep training in order to stay fit,” he says.
Mlilo, who is also the Squash federation Africa Vice president and an international squash referee, further stated that “despite the setback, the sport would not run into extinction.”
“The Covid 19 is just a temporary setback. We are just going through a lean spell. In terms of the sport itself being affected, I do not see it being affected to the point of extinction,” he concludes.