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Mthethwa approves PSL return

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The plans of the Premier Soccer League have been approved, considering the mitigation strategies and plans in relation to the Level 3 risk-adjusted strategy in addressing the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sport, Arts, and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethw. Picture: Ian Landsberg / African News Agency (ANA)

The return of the local football season in South Africa is set to resume soon. 

The Premier Soccer League (PSL) has been on pause since mid-March. Sports minister, Nathi Mthethwa, confirmed this morning that football can resume. 

“The Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa published gazetted directions relating to Covid-19 Level 3 Regulations on 28 May 2020, which cover the resumption of sport activities. The different Sport bodies are submitting their plans, indicating their state of readiness and the stringent health protocols they will implement in accordance with the prescribed regulations and directions,” a statement from Mthethwa read. 

With no play being allowed during lockdown regulations, the PSL’s main sponsor, Absa decided against renewing their contract with the league. Clubs are also running risk of not receiving grants at the end of July if they don’t resume the action. 

“The plans of the Premier Soccer League have been approved, considering the mitigation strategies and plans in relation to the Level 3 risk-adjusted strategy in addressing the Covid-19 pandemic,” a statement further elaborated. 

The league will be completed behind closed doors in a bio bubble format. 

“The plans have further been subject to analysis by Health authorities, the NICD (National Institute of Communicable Diseases) who have recommended that the measures put in place by the organisation meet and in some instances exceed the required protocol for a safe return to training and to play in a Biologically Safe Environment.” a statement concluded. 

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