PSL calls virtual extraordinary board meeting to discuss resuming matches

The PSL has called an urgent extraordinary board of governors meeting for Thursday to map the way forward
The PSL has called an urgent extraordinary board of governors meeting for Thursday to map the way forward
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The PSL has called an urgent extraordinary board of governors meeting for Thursday to map the way forward.

According to a circular sent to all the 32 member clubs, Thursday’s meeting will be conducted through video conferencing. It will discuss the resumption of the league programme, the joint liaison committee report, the Covid-19 regulations, labour relations and players’ contracts.

The league’s executive committee met on Tuesday following the joint liaison committee gathering on Monday.

This was after Sport, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa gave the PSL some hope that the 2019/20 season would be concluded.

Under government’s risk-adjusted level 3 lockdown regulations, Mthethwa said non-contact and contact sports could resume training.

However, he reiterated that contact sports remained prohibited, while non-contact professional codes have been given the green light to resume without spectators under level 3.

Level 3 is about training and preparations. All sporting, arts, cultural or religious events are prohibited
Sport, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa

“Level 3 is about training and preparations. All sporting, arts, cultural or religious events are prohibited, except religious gatherings [of not more than 50 people] and professional non-contact sporting events for the purpose of preparations for major sporting events. We are following a staggered approach in reopening sports,” said Mthethwa.

According to Safa’s head of the medical unit Dr Thulani Ngwenya, the games will only start once all the clubs camp in a safe environment.

Ngwenya confirmed that the task team was now awaiting government approval before the PSL announces when training will start.

READ: PSL clubs can return to training. No matches though

“This is a joint process by the joint liaison committee involving all stakeholders including Safa and the PSL. We are now awaiting approval with no teams allowed to resume training before a date is announced to do so,” Ngwenya said. - CP reporter and Sport24

Absa Premiership should meet these safety protocols to resume:
  • Teams, including all players and staff, will undergo first round of testing before training can resume.
  • Teams will have to put in place protocols such as sanitising and ensure social distancing measures before training can resume.
  • Another round of testing will take place before teams arrive at “bio-safe zone” (believed to be Sun City or other sporting venues).
  • Players and staff will be isolated in a quarantined venue for the duration of their stay in bio-safe zone.
  • Daily screenings for possible symptoms of coronavirus and temperature checks will be done on all players and staff.
  • All equipment at training/match facilities will be sanitised regularly to safeguard against the transmission of the virus.

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