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COVID-19 De_escalation: Competitions allowed for six individual sports from Monday (2020)

BY Fadhil Yunus

Competitions for six individual sports are allowed to be organised as part of the updated guidelines for sports starting from September 28.

The sports are badminton, squash, tennis, table tennis, sepak takraw and golf.

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin said this during a press conference at the Ministry of Health’s (MoH) Al-‘Afiah Hall on Thursday.

Competitions are limited to a single or double match only.

Organisers must provide an orderly match schedule to avoid crowds. Participants must leave the facility upon completion of the match or the prize presentation ceremony.

Organisers must ensure that only the participants, coaches, managers and members of the organising committee are allowed to attend a competition. Supporters are not allowed.

Organisers must obtain approval to organise a competition from the government agencies. They must also present plans for COVID-19 control measures in line with the MoH’s guidelines.

Meanwhile, de-escalation for swimming pools has moved from the third to the fourth stage.

The capacity has been increased from 80 per cent to 100 per cent not exceeding 100 people at one time subject to the capacity of the swimming pool.

The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports welcomed the response of people to continue to exercise and maintain their fitness through physical activities in leading a healthy lifestyle.

Statistics showed over 480,000 individuals have used the sports facilities since opening.

The figure did not include hiking and running activities.

With the revision of social distancing guidelines, the public are reminded to not be complacent and to continue to follow MoH guidelines.

-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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