Even as the level of anxiety among sportsmen and women continues to build with all looking for normalcy to return, President of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Wayne Forde has disclosed that any move in that regard must be done in a responsible manner based on the advice of the relevant bodies.
It has been about three months now since all sports has come to a standstill as a result of the global pandemic, COVID-19 which has resulted in the loss of thousands of lives and millions infected.
The GFF has put together a Working Group that would be crystallizing all the avenues towards a responsible return to competitive on field action. Like everyone else, Forde said he is keenly anticipating the restart of the game here.
“We are all very eager to get back to the playing of football but it is absolutely important that we remain focused on the real reason the entire world has paused over these past few months and that reason is to minimize the loss of human life to COVID-19. I am always mindful of the signals I send out to the fraternity in my public utterances during these difficult times. Yes – football is very important to our players, fans and the wider stakeholder community. However, what is most important is the preservation of the precious gift of human life hence, we have to be responsible.”
With specific regards to football resumption plans, Forde disclosed that, “We have been creating a playbook with different scenarios for the restart of organised football on a national scale.”
Towards this end he noted that a number of goals and plans are being drawn up as follows:
1. Play a National Senior Men’s tournament that will involve all 9 RMAs and the Elite League Clubs, which would be possible to be completed in 2020.
2. Play the Year End GFF Super 16 Cup.
3. Play an Intra-Association Women’s tournament.
4. Play short compact Intra-Association, U15, 17 & 20 Boys tournaments, either at the Association level or as part of the Inter Academy Training Centers competition programme.
Affixing dates to these plans he posited are the biggest challenge due primarily to the unpredictable shifting in the cases of COVID-19 and other public posturing of the Health Ministry.
“We are essentially making educated guesses with the information available to us, as to when we can expect the return to some semblance of normal life. This is obvious not a best practice but it is the most that we can do under these unprecedented circumstances. I wish once again, encourage the entire football fraternity and all of Guyana to be responsible and remain safe.”
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