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Apr 16, 2021

Minister of Sports Addresses Sports not Resuming

The Ministry of Sports has come under fire from athletes who believe that government continues to ignore the call to return to their respective disciplines.  With the reopening of casinos on Thursday, athletes and sports enthusiasts are upset that similar consideration was not given to them, despite a schedule of regional games that Belize has signed up to participate in.  This morning, Minister of Youth and Sports Kevin Bernard informed News Five that a cabinet paper will be presented on April twentieth which will seek to get government’s approval for the resumption of various sporting activities.

 

Kevin Bernard

Kevin Bernard, Minister of Sports & Youth

“As the ministry, through the N.S.C., we have been engaging the various federations and organizations in terms of sending in their protocols as it relates to returning sports in this country.  I, for one, and I know I have the support of many others agree that we must bring back some level of sports in the area of training.  It’s also part of health and wellness.  And so, we need to bring back sports at some level in this country, and so we have been in discussions with the Ministry of Health.  Like I said, we have received several of the protocols from the main disciplines that people play in this country.  I note that contact sports is going to be one of the most difficult thing to look at but there are ways that these same contact sports can also become non-contact sports when it comes to training.  We have prepared a cabinet document that will be presented this Tuesday and this is one of the reasons why I did not want to pre-empt the issue, but we have been behind the scenes discussing, we’ve been communicating with the Ministry of Health and we’ve been working together to ensure that it’s not just a decision of the Cabinet, but it’s also a decision jointly, listening to the professionals that have to address the pandemic that we are facing today.”


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