The Africa Senior Muaythai Championship earlier scheduled to carry in Tunis, Tunisia from April 5 to 10, has been postponed resulting from coronavirus (Covid-19) scare, the Nigeria Muaythai Federation disclosed yesterday.
The President of the federation, Comrade Paul Egonu mentioned the choice was taken by the world physique in step with the worldwide determination to cancel all sporting actions as a measure to curb the unfold of the dreaded Covid-19.
Egonu, who additionally applauded the Federal Government for suspending the 20th National Sports Festival earlier billed to begin in Benin, Edo State on the weekend, mentioned the choice was within the curiosity of the athletes and their officers.
He famous that the cancellation of the sports activities pageant by the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development conformed to the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari, who mentioned it was a precautionary transfer in opposition to COVID-19.
According to him, “The coronavirus pandemic, higher often called Covid-19, has affected all sporting actions throughout the globe.
“The Muaythai Federation of Nigeria has keyed into the worldwide acceptance of suspending occasions that carry folks collectively, therefore the postponement of the African Muaythai Senior Championship billed for Tunisia.
“The International Federation of Muaythai Associations in a launch despatched to all its affiliate our bodies, together with Nigeria, mentioned: “We are all dealing with a interval of unprecedented issue on this world as a result of present world Covid-19 state of affairs, which is adversely affecting the world of sport.
“IFMA has up to now and all the time will put the well being and security of all relations comprising of our athletes, coaches, employees, officers, volunteers and most people on the focus of our issues.
“IFMA shall continue to heed the advice of the WHO, as the leading United Nations organization dealing with this situation.
“Currently, we are all aware that the WHO has now declared Covid-19 as a “Pandemic” primarily as a result of velocity and scope of transmission of the virus versus the severity of the illness.
“After a lot session and discussions with all related stakeholders of IFMA, all worldwide occasions till additional discover are postponed. It is felt that that is the proper plan of action in maintaining everybody secure.
“With regards to the Senior World Championships, we are following the directives of the host government to delay major events. At this moment, we are considering the options of delaying the event to either last week of October or second week of November.”
Comrade Egonu appealed to the athletes to stay calm because the postponement was for security causes, including that he understood the correct of the athletes to complain having educated so arduous in closed camp forward of the event.