Boxing to resume “basic training” after clearance from COVID-19 Task Force

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The Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) has received clearance from the National COVID-19 Task Force to resume its activities. President Steve Ninvalle said at this juncture, the aim is to kickstart “basic training.”

“We are very happy that we’ve been given approval to recommence activities in the boxing fraternity. It’s been about eight months we’ve been down. As a matter of fact, the last time we would have had a competition, the first and last time for this year, was on February 15,” Ninvalle said.

“We’re very, very enthused that the government could have responded to us promptly and we want to thank the Minister of Health (Dr. Frank Anthony) and the COVID-19 Task Force for seeing it fit to grant us that approval.”

Ninvalle added, “Right away we will be engaging in basic training. In our letter to the Minister of Health we had stated that there would be no sparring, which constitutes full contact, so we will not be having any sparring.”

The GBA head said going forward they will continue to engage the Ministry should there be a need to “step up our activity.”

The GBA had written to the Task Force on November 9 and received approval two days later.

Sport events are now permitted and gyms and fitness centres can re-open at 50% capacity under the new COVID-19 measures. From November 1 to 30, the curfew is from 22:30h to 04:00h.

The new measures state that sporting events are permitted, subject to the approval of the Minister of Health and in compliance with any guidelines that the Ministry of Health may issue.

Every person or organiser hosting an approved sporting event shall be responsible for ensuring that the measures under the notice, as well as the guidelines that the Ministry of Health may issue are complied with.

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