Sports Ministry prepares protocols for new normal

Sports Ministry prepares protocols for new normal

Screen capture of the Minister of Youth and Sports Affairs, Zainudin Amali, at a video conference in Jakarta. (ANTARA/Muhammad Zulfikar/am/ac)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs has begun preparing protocols for national sports activities as the country braces for a new normal in view of the continuing pandemic.

Based on preliminary government studies on the implementation of a new normal, outdoor sports activities have been listed in Phase III, which will begin on June 15, 2020. However, the minister is still waiting for permission from the Task Force for the Acceleration of COVID-19 Handling to determine when competitions can be re-started.

"We will prepare this new normal protocol. We do not know yet in what phase sports activities will be opened. We will discuss with KONI, KOI, FORMI," said Minister of Youth and Sports Affairs, Zainudin Amali, during a press teleconference in Jakarta on Tuesday.

Once a permit is issued, the ministry will prepare more specific and strict protocols related to technical implementation, such as rules that bar spectators and set restrictions on the number of participants.

The guide is aimed at restarting sports activities that had previously been stopped, with adjustments to the new normal.

In addition to competition guidelines, the protocol would also include the preparation of national training for each sport branch, ahead of the packed championship agendas lined up for next year.

"This adjustment will be carried out in the days ahead, bearing in mind that in 2021, there will be many overlapping events. All must have clear guidelines," the minister said.

National training has been continued in a number of sports, such as badminton, weightlifting, and shooting, in the midst of the pandemic with the implementation of the recommended health protocols.

While some sports branch managements have decided to not take any risks and are choosing to practice virtually, under the guidance of a coach. (INE)

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