Football could get green light from MOH next week

October 21, 2020
Dalton Wint
Dalton Wint

General Secretary of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Dalton Wint said the local Premier League could get the green light by next week, following a meeting with the Ministry of Health and Wellness yesterday.

Wint told STAR Sports that the ministry has pointed out some things that must be done before approval is granted to restart football in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

"The discussions continue. We are supposed to provide some updates to both ministries (Ministry of Health and Ministry of Sport) to get approval.

"Next week, we will try to get approval for the Premier League. It's for us to submit by this week information requested by the ministry and for them to look back at it to give a green light.

Biggest concern

"But they have asked for a comprehensive thing and has made some suggestions and we are just going to get those things done and get back to them," he said.

He said the biggest concern the Ministry of Health has is having spectators at games.

But, according to Wint, he and his colleagues convinced the policy makers that they would put the necessary things in place to keep spectators away.

With this, Wint believes they can fulfill the quest to start the league on November 14.

"They had a concern about having spectators in the ground but we dispelled that and assured them it will be two venues with no spectators," he said.

"We are still trying to work for it (Nov 14) but if it doesn't happen we will move to a December date.

"I am positive they (protocols) will be approved as long as we stick with what is asked of us by the ministries, especially the ministry of health," he said.

The discussions also included approval for national senior team camps and Waterhouse Concacaf round-of-16 home tie on November 5.

No football has been played locally since March 12 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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