The suspension of sporting activities in the country, issued by the Papua New Guinea Sports Foundation (PNGSF), is most likely to continue for more than the initial two weeks given.
According to the Sport Foundation’s Committee Chairman, Dr. Kapua Kapua, the suspension will likely go on for four to eight weeks following the current trend in Covid- 19 transmission.
“We are in a very precarious situation now in PNG and nothing is certain for the next few weeks. What is clear is that cases are increasing and deaths are rising.”
“So we will hold off till we see a change in the trend and the health authorities and Controller give us the go ahead.”
The PNGSF shut down all its sporting venues nationwide on the 22nd of March, initially for two weeks, in compliance with the National Isolation Strategy to tackle the latest Covid-19 surge around the country.
Although this extension may not be acceptable news for the various sporting federations that have had their competitions halted, this extension is to help in reducing the community transmission of Covid-19.