Footballers across the island will have to wait a little bit longer before they can grace the Barbados Football Association’s (BFA) Wildey Turf.
And despite athletes were looking forward to restarting at least training next Monday (May 18), president Randy Harris made it abundantly clear that no activity would resume until the green light has been given.
Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley announced tonight only contactless sports would resume next Monday when Phase 3 of the reopening of the island is activated.
“Persons can go running, they can walk, they can cycle, and they can play tennis and road tennis. And even in doing this, we are asking people . . . to protect themselves. In protecting yourself you are protecting those whom you love and those who you need.
“This is not a directive from on top. This is an entreaty for you to be able to love yourself more than you love anybody else, and then love who home at you as much . . . . Then you will take no foolish chances by bunching up under people,” Prime Minister Mottley said.
She was speaking at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, following a Social Partnership meeting where she addressed the nation on the way forward of the island’s fight against the global Covid-19 pandemic.
Prime Minister Mottley added the best protection against the Covid-19 virus was a strong immune system and as such, the Government felt it was time to allow people “to get and reap some of the benefits that we have from the seven-week lockdown that has taken place thus far”.
Harris, however, said it was an opportunity for the BFA to do planning for a more effective operation of the island’s football governing body.
“I am not particularly bothered about the actual playing of the game at this time, because the health of our players and officials is paramount. We just have to keep discussing what we will like to do when it is absolutely clear that we can get into football activity again. We will await further instructions as we have been doing during this period,” he said.
And while Harris acknowledged footballers were looking forward to lacing up their boots once again, he said the resumption of the game was a technical decision and would not be made prematurely and unless all avenues were first explored.
The last games played at the Turf on March 15, saw the Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme flatten Wotton FC 3-0; Deacons reign supreme over Crane and Equipment Ellerton 2-0 and Paradise go down 2-1 to Empire.