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South Africa players set to resume training

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Cary Erickson | 01 June, 2020, 15:21

"But from contact sport it's only at the training level".

Contact sports remain prohibited from staging matches‚ even behind closed doors‚ but SA Rugby and the Premier Soccer League (PSL) will be delighted at the news they can at least resume non-contact fitness training under stringent conditions.

Motlanthe stated that Safa's emphasis has actually constantly had to do with the health and wellness of the gamers greater than anything.

The South African Football Association (Safa) has welcomed Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa's decision to allow contact and non-contact sport to resume training under Level 3 of the lockdown.

Mthethwa was speaking at a briefing to outline how sport would be affected by an easing of South Africa's coronavirus lockdown which will come into effect on Monday.

Various unions with vibrant club rugby structures, notably the Bulls, are also keen to receive some clarity from government on when social teams could expect to be allowed to start training again.

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Mkhize then announced that contact sport will only be allowed to resume once the country is moves to level-1 lockdown restrictions before emphasising that these protocols are valid only for elite, professional athletes, who earn a living from their participation in sport.

Safa admits Mthethwa's statement will be helpful in plotting a way forward ahead of Monday's Joint Liaison Committee (JLC) meeting. Furthermore, there are requirements for a thorough monitoring of all athletes to ensure full compliance.

Mthethwa also made it clear that the engagement between his department and different sporting federations will continue.

"Safa welcomes such continued engagements, mindful of the negative financial impact COVID-19 has had on sport in general. Football, rugby and cricket are amongst the major sporting codes that have been heavily impacted by the pandemic", included Motlanthe.

The Springboks' July matches against Scotland and Georgia, the first time the national team was scheduled to play since winning last year's World Cup, were postponed as World Rugby announced its entire mid-year test window would be rescheduled.