Football remain banned as FG okays resumption of non-contact sports


‎Football and other contact sports remain suspended in Nigeria as the Federal Government on Friday announced that it ‎has lifted its ban on non-contact outdoor sporting activities.

‎The non-contact sports include athletics, lawn tennis, table tennis, golf, cricket, cycling and others.‎

‎‎The lifting ‎of the ban was part of the ongoing easing of COVID-19 restrictions.‎

‎National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Dr. Sani Aliyu, who disclosed the development sports at a press briefing in Abuja, ‎said non-contact sports, which are classified as low risk, can resume in the country.

‎On the other hand, contact sports like football, boxing, wrestling, Taekwondo, rugby, swimming and basketball remain banned until further notice.

Aliyu said, “For recreational parks/communal sports facilities, 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 expect them to remain closed.

“For outdoor non-contact sports, this includes lawn 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.”‎


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