Ban on sports extended

PNGSF: More Covid-19 infections, deaths left us with little choice

THE Papua New Guinea Sports Foundation (PNGSF) has extended the suspension of sports for another two weeks as the number of Covid-19 cases continues to rise in the country.
“Following advice from the National Command Centre and health authorities, it has been concurred that the suspension of all affiliated sporting competitions countrywide will be extended to May 3 (formerly set at April 19),” PNGSF acting executive director Micah James said in a statement.
“The increased infections and deaths countrywide have necessitated this course of action.
“PNGSF and affiliates are fully committed to the safety and well-being of not only the sporting community, but the general population at large. All PNGSF sporting venues nationwide will remain closed to the public till May 3.
“This has come at a high cost with many of our staff manning our stadiums and events organising having to be laid off.
“As such, this decision was not made lightly.”
He said the decision was just.
James said temporary arrangements to use venues were still in effect with exemption given to Olympic hopefuls, and Digicel Cup and Women’s National Soccer League teams for training only.
“This is to ensure that these athletes maintain their fitness for their domestic semi-professional and international representative duties,” he said.
“There should be a consensus with the National Pandemic Response controller on this in the next few days.
“It is a time of uncertainty.
“And our hearts go out to those who have lost their loved ones to this pandemic. We pray for the strength and gracious spirit of the Lord to be with the individuals and families affected and guiding hands upon our frontline health workers and support staff who are fighting every day to save our people.”