Some hope for team sports

Some hope for team sports

SAT governor Gongsak Yodmanee. PR
SAT governor Gongsak Yodmanee. PR

Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) Governor Dr Gongsak Yodmanee has expressed confidence that team sports will be given the green light for a return in August.

A Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) decision on Friday to ease some more restrictions has opened the doors for some outdoor and individual non-contact sports like golf, archery, shooting and swimming to organise training activities and competitions.

The SAT will continue monitoring the novel coronavirus situation in the country and will seek government approval for disciplines like football, volleyball and boxing next month, Dr Gongsak said yesterday.

"The Sports Authority of Thailand [SAT] has yet to include certain events like football, volleyball and boxing in its plan submitted to the CCSA because these carry a higher risk of coronavirus spread," he added.

"Football and boxing are both contact sports while volleyball is played indoors.

"We have our plans for these events and I am expecting them to be back in August.

"The ban on spectators at all these events will remain in place until we receive a government approval to allow fans at such venues."

All sporting activities were put on hold in early March when the Covid-19 situation worsened in Thailand.

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