Sports lovers can now enjoy Golf, Tennis, and other non-contact sports in Nigeria as the Federal Government has lifted its ban on outdoor non-contact sports. 

Recall that the federal government placed restrictions on sporting activities in the country in March as part of measures to curb the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic. 

While making the announcement in Abuja on Thursday, August 6, the National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Dr Sani Aliyu, stressed that recreational parks are not to be used for social interaction purposes.

“For recreational parks/communal sports, restrictions are removed on outdoor communal non-contact sports and the use of recreational parks for supervised physical exercise, not for social interactions. For recreational parks that are unable to enforce this, we expected them to remain closed.

“For outdoor non-contact sports, these include tennis, table tennis, squash, badminton, cycling, athletics, golf, polo, para-athletics, cricket and other non-contact outdoor communal activities. In the event that people are not certain, please contact the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports for further guidance.”

Responding to the new development, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, expressed his excitement on via Twitter on Friday.

“On behalf of Sports loving Nigerians, I wish to thank President (Muhammadu) Buhari through the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 for approving the return of non-contact sports in the country. “All non-contact Sports listed must obey the COVID-19 Sports Protocol.” ,” the sports minister said on his official Twitter handle. 




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