LOCAL SPORTS: COVID-19 More Postponements

THE Rodney Heights Aquatic Centre, the Saint Lucia Boxing Association and the Saint Lucia National Cricket Association and other sporting agencies have agreed to postpone all sporting activities as a result of the evolving global situation regarding COVID – 19.

Image: (L-R) SLFA President Lyndon Cooper; SLNCA President Carol Henry; SLAF Secretary Constance Rene; Tennis also takes break until further notice. (Photo: Anthony De Beauville)
(L-R) SLFA President Lyndon Cooper; SLNCA President Carol Henry; SLAF Secretary Constance Rene; Tennis also takes break until further notice. (Photo: Anthony De Beauville)

The following is a list of cancellations and postponements by these and other national sporting federations:

The Saint Lucia Football Association (SLFA) Inc. in keeping with the national response strategy now employed to contain and eradicate the COVID -19 Virus, has determined that it will undertake the following actions.

The cancellation of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Division Club Championship with immediate effect.
The cancellation of all training for National Teams with immediate effect.
Postponement of Business Writing Workshop.
The postponement of 2020 Ordinary Congress.
The cancellation of all Technical Meetings with immediate effect.
The postponement of the “Adopt a School Programme” with immediate effect.
The postponement of all football related programmes and activities involving the SLFA.

According to the SLFA President, Lyndon Cooper, “Moving forward, we will meet with you when the time is appropriate to discuss the impact of the current situation on the existing calendar of activities, with the primary objective of finding appropriate solutions as soon as the circumstances allow, and the possible need to develop a new programme of activities. We will continue to keep in contact with you during this period of uncertainty.

“We would like to remind everyone to stay safe and remember to follow the five tactics to tackle the virus as outlined by the Ministry of Health. We would like to also remind everyone to follow the additional information and advice provided by the medical fraternity and to play their part in the fight to contain and eradicate COVID -19,” he noted.

President of the Saint National Cricket Association (SLNCA) Carol Henry in a release said, “Further to the announcement on Tuesday 17th March and to collective decisions taken during a virtual meeting of the Windward Islands Cricket Board of Control (WICBC) of Directors, the Saint Lucia National Cricket Association (SLNCA) advises that all cricket related activities including tournaments, training and town hall meetings remain suspended until further notice.”

Henry said, “It was agreed during the WICBC meeting that the situation will be monitored.”

The SLNCA will advise accordingly and reminds all Saint Lucians and the cricketing fraternity to observe the official releases from the related local agencies and government.

The SLNCA wishes everyone well during this time of crisis.

In keeping with official guidelines and national accession, and as a precaution against the coronavirus, please note that the Saint Lucia National Tennis Center managed by the Saint Lucia Tennis Association (SLTA) Inc. will remain closed to all stakeholders until further notice.

In an effort to restrict the likelihood of the effects of the COVID-19 and to reduce the potential for transmission, the Saint Lucia National Netball Association (SLNNA) would like to inform all Clubs taking part in the 2020 Independence Netball Classic that all matches have been postponed until further notice.

The SLNNA would like all Clubs to stay abreast with all the necessary precautionary measures for their safety as issued by the Ministry of Health.

In an effort to reduce the risk of infection from COVID-19 to our swimmers, the Saint Lucia Aquatic Federation (SLAF) has taken the decision to suspend all national training and SLAF activities to include the training scheduled for officials until further notice.

SLAF Secretary, Constance Rene, “We urge you to take measures to safeguard the swimmers in your own clubs and to keep safe at this time.”

“In the meantime, please encourage swimmers to continue observing healthy lifestyle practices and do what they can within the confines of their homes to maintain their form as much as possible.”

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and recently confirmed cases on island, the Saint Lucia Basketball Federation (SLBF) announces that out of concern for the health and safety of all players, coaches, officials, volunteers and supporters, it is suspending all scheduled events until further notice.

The scheduled Sunday 29th March Dewars 8 Independence 41 Basketball Classic on Jeremie Street will be rescheduled for a later date.

According to SLBF Public Relations Officer, Kendall Eugune, “The SLBF will continue to monitor the situation and remain in contact with the relevant authorities and stakeholders involved including the Ministry of Health and Wellness, the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports, the International Basketball Federation and FIBA.”

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