SA Sport Floored By Coronavirus

19 Mar 2020

The SA Football Association‚ Cricket South Africa‚ Athletics South Africa‚ Tennis South Africa‚ Boxing South Africa‚ Netball South Africa and the Sunshine Tour are among the bodies to have suspended their sports.

That’s in reaction to the coronavirus pandemic, bringing sport in the country to a grinding halt.

SAFA Acting CEO Gay Mokoena said the association had advised the Premier Soccer League‚ their professional wing‚ to suspend the Absa Premiership and first division GladAfrica Championship.

Tennis SA said they had suspended their events at all levels.

“We will work closely with our partners and all stakeholders‚ regional and provincial associations‚ to determine suitable alternative dates‚ with the goal of enabling the resumption of playing opportunities across each category as soon as the situation allows‚” said TSA Chief Executive Richard Glover.

CSA said their activities at first class‚ List A‚ semi-professional‚ provincial, junior and amateur cricket level had been suspended for the next 60 days.

“During this time of absolute caution and surveillance‚ we would like to call upon all our members and affiliates to desist from taking part in any cricket-related gatherings and other transversal events that will include the congregation of large numbers of people and/or up to 100 people,” said Acting CEO Jacques Faul.

Netball SA President Cecilia Molokwane and her executive members took a unanimous decision to suspend planned activities scheduled for March and April with immediate effect.

“The team will reconvene again in 30 days to assess the situation and inform members of the media and the public on the next steps‚” Molokwane said. “Some of our national team players who are currently playing in Australia and England are in self-isolation following their respective leagues being suspended. Further announcements regarding this will be made by the 17th of April.”

Boxing SA also followed suit by cancelling all the events that were sanctioned for March and April with immediate effect.

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