Ugandan Top Runners Struggle to Train for Tokyo Olympics During Pandemic

KAMPALA, UGANDA – The coronavirus pandemic has some top-flight athletes struggling to stay sharp for next year’s Tokyo Olympics after training facilities were shut down and competitions cancelled. Ugandan runner Halima Nakaayi, the gold medalist in the 800 meters at the 2019 World Athletics Championships, is doing her best to prepare under the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. With the games postponed and Uganda’s gyms and stadiums closed since March to curb the spread of COVID-19, her only option is Kampala’s open roads. But the 25-year-old runner said training at home…

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FIFA, WHO and football stakeholders draft medical considerations and risk assessment tool

FIFA is sharing a football risk assessment tool with its 211 member associations, the six continental confederations and other stakeholders in order to facilitate the planning of the resumption of football activities by competition and match organisers, as soon as health authorities and governments consider it safe. It has been developed in conjunction with the World Health Organization (WHO), UEFA, the European Club Association (ECA), FIFPRO, the World Leagues Forum and European Leagues, includes a list of mitigation measures that aim to reduce the overall risk of mass gatherings contributing…

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Tunisia announce roadmap for return to competitions in August

The Tunisian Football Federation (FTF) has sent out a guideline to all Ligue 1 and some Ligue 2 clubs, in preparation to resuming the football season. The Tunisian football league has been suspended since mid-March 2020 due to COVID-19. FTF has ended the second-tier Ligue 2 season with the exception of teams concerned with promotion and relegation. The federation has announced playoff tournaments to determine relegation to Ligue 3 and promotion to Ligue 2. As far as Ligue 1 is concerned, FTF earlier proposed a plan has now received the…

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CAF fast-tracks disbursement of financial aid to Member Associations

At its meeting on Thursday (28 May 2020) via video-conference, the CAF Emergency Committee has approved the immediate distribution of financial grants to Member Associations (MA) to support the management of football at the domestic levels hugely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of USD 10.8 Million will be transferred to the 54 MA’s on the continent as part of a relief plan to ease the financial burden on the African football community during these unprecedented times. “Due to the fast-spread of COVID-19, African MA’s have suspended all domestic…

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Kenya announces financial support to players

The Kenyan government on Tuesday announced that 12 needy Kenyan premier League clubs are set to receive a monthly stipend of 100USD (Ksh10,000) for the next two months with the possibility of an extension to three, in a bid to aid them cushion from the effects of the COVID-19 endemic. Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed says they picked 12 needy clubs from the 18-team league to kick start the process which will be reviewed for any case of improvement. “We are going to release Sh10,000 per month for 30 players…

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Africa mourns sudden passing of Cameroonian youngster Bouasse

The world of football is mourning the sudden demise of Cameroonian youngster Joseph Bouasse who tragically passed away on the night of May 21 after suffering a cardiac arrest. The young Cameroonian was part of AS Roma’s Academy in 2016 after being scouted the previous year. He made his professional debut for Serie B side Vicenza while on loan from Roma in 2017. And prior to his passing, he played for Romanian club Universitatea Cluj, having signed for them in February. Tributes flowed freely on social media from friends, football…

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Two Sudan FA officials die from COVID-19

Tributes have begun pouring in after the passing away of two officials of the Sudan Football Association (SFA) from COVID-19. They are Khair Al-Sayed Abdelgader, Chairman of the Futsal and Beach Soccer Committee and Faisal Youseif, Vice Chairman of the National Teams Committee. Abdelgader died on 12 May 2020, and Youseif six days later. CAF extends condolences to the SFA and the bereaved families for the loss of the two officials, whilst praying for God’s strength during this difficult period. Source: Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF)

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Financial relief for Botswana league players

Botswana has announced plans to cushion players from the country’s top two divsions from the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, saying they will offer a subsidized salary stipend to players for the next three months. Each of the 16 clubs in the Elite League will have a roster of 25 players who will be entitled to a stipend of P2,500 (205 USD) while the second tier players will receive P1,500 (123 USD) for the months of April to June. The announcement was made by the Minister of Youth Empowerment,…

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