The Barbados Football Association has received permission for its national teams to resume training.
Attorney General Dale Marshall gave the green light earlier and President Randy Harris expressed elation at having the senior men and women, Under-20 boys and Under-17 females back in training ahead of their competition beginning next month.
“We have three national teams that have fixtures in October and November. Our junior Under-17 girls’ team would be playing in Miami in the Under-17 Concacaf tournament, while our senior girls will be going to Panama to play in the FIFA Women’s Qualifiers, and the Under-20 men will be playing in the Concacaf tournament in Dominican Republic,” he said, adding that he believed the teams’ chances for qualification were pretty good.
Training was once again halted when there was a surge in COVID-19 positive cases on the island and health officials banned all team sports.
“We have had our protocols as outline by both FIFA and Concacaf for some time now. Our national teams were allowed to train earlier in the year. We have certain guidelines and we are responsible as far as the protocols are concerned and we do all the things necessary to minimize the spread of the virus. We are quite confident that we can have the teams train here and not put anybody at undue risk,” he said.
Meanwhile, BFA General Secretary Edwyn Wood said all players would be required to come to training at the Wildey Turf ready to practice, and noted the rapid antigen test, used to test for the virus, would be employed to keep a handle on things.
No spectators will be allowed at the training facility.