Sports told to re-apply for Covid clearance


ALL national federations must re-apply for clearance to hold their 2022 seasons amid the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, according to the Papua New Guinea Sports Federation.
Dr Kapua Kapua, the federation’s pandemic management committee chairman, told The National that after PNG recorded its first case of the Omicron variant.
“We have been advised that all federations have to re-apply for the 2022 season as directed by the Deputy National Pandemic Response Controller and Niupela Pasin team,” he said.
“The team is yet to issue an official directive, but federations have been advised to prepare a letter of request, updated Covid-19 protocols and their 2022 calendar.”
The team halted the Southern Super League National Gaming Control Board Cup finals last week following concerns over a third wave of the Covid-19.
But an official instruction from the team to all federations is yet to be issued.
“All we were told by the team was that we could not hold our finals on the weekend because there were concerns over a third wave of the Covid-19,” league competition manager Indy Verena said.
“We did not receive anything in black and white, but the league’s chairman was informed of the suspension of games via a phone call only.
“They team only informed us that we had to suspended matches for the rest of January and next month with the possibility of resuming in March.”
The National Control Centre is yet to announce a decision on sporting activities following the first Omicron case.
Attempts by The National to get a comment from the team have been unsuccessful.