Sporting facilities on lockdown

first_imgThe PNG Sports Foundation, as the Government lead agency for sports in consultation with other relevant agencies, is taking preventative measures to counter the risk of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).PNGSF Executive Peter Tsiamalili Jnr said the decision would not be taken lightly as Papua New Guineans are very passionate in sports but the event was an activity that encompasses a large congregation of people and the risk factors could be detrimental if preventative measures were not introduced sooner.“At this time of the year when our global community is shocked by the wild spreading of the coronavirus and combating to control the spread of the pandemic, we Papua New Guinea as a nation must also prepare to take necessary preventive measures to control the epidemic,” Tsiamalili said.  “The nation is preparing to prevent and control this globally infectious virus; it is now everyone’s responsibility to maintain our individual health and hygiene as part of the preventive measures against this global threat.  “Therefore, in tune with the Prime Minister’s address to the Nation and its recommendations to limit mass gatherings and encouraging social distance, the PNG Sports Foundation, as agency responsible for sports and in consultation with National Federations and Department of Health, has taken its decision as part of the preventive measures in the usage of the sporting venues that are managed by PNG Sports Foundation.“Today we conducted a meeting with representatives from National Federations, PNG Olympic Committee and other stakeholders of sports at the Bisini Sports Precinct and the recommendation to suspend sports for 30 days effective immediately was fully endorsed by those present,” Tsiamalili said.  “I’d like to announce to the public, sporting clubs, National Federations and our valued sporting fraternity that the usage of all Government sporting facilities in Port Moresby and throughout the country are suspended for 4 weeks (30 days) until such time, the Sports Foundation completes a risk assessment with health officials on the preparedness of our team and sporting affiliates to manage and deal with the potential of the coronavirus.  “Mass gatherings through sporting activities are highly visible events with the potential for serious public health consequences if they are not planned and managed carefully. It is also evident that mass gatherings can amplify the spread of infectious diseases and it is incumbent on my team to take this approach.  “Once we are satisfied with our preparations in terms of our sporting affiliate’s management capacity and necessary S.O.P’s (Standard Operating Procedures) to manage the threat, then we will announce the opening of our sporting venues and facilities for normal business.  “Currently, the situation is still very fluid and I appeal to all sports and the general public to be content and appreciative as we navigate through these uncertain times with the likelihood of the case still very high.”    (Women’s 7-aside at Bisini last weekend. The soccer precinct, like other sporting venues, will be on lockdown as a safety measure)last_img read more

Celtic boss believes late win is part of the learning process

first_imgFor Celtic manager Neil Lennon, their late victory over Dunfermline Athletic is part of the learning process for the summer recruits.Celtic FC and Dunfermline Athletic had to go all the way to overtime in order to decide a winner in yesterday’s Scottish League Cup.And thanks to a 114th-minute goal by James Forrest the 1-1 scoreboard ended up being 2-1 in favor of the current league champions.But most importantly for manager Neil Lennon, the game helped his summer recruits get better.“They did fine after a wee bit of a shaky start but they came on to a really good game as the game went on, so that will do them a world of good,” Lennon told Four Four Two.“It’s a test of character sometimes, not just your footballing ability.”Lennon added: “They have seen great nights, they have seen frustrating games. It’s all part of adapting to life here in Glasgow.”Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“Sometimes when you have got that amount of bodies in front of you, you have got to take shots,” Lennon said. “I want them to shoot.”“You saw Gerrard, Lampard, and Scholes score goals from outside the box and I encourage that from my players. Sometimes it’s difficult to play intricately through teams, sometimes a 25-yarder does the job,” he commented.“The goalie made some great saves. I don’t discourage any of my players taking shots, as long as they have the belief that hit they are going to hit the target or work the goalkeeper, because then anything can happen after that.”“Thirty-six shots, we couldn’t have played that badly. I’m not massive on stats but the one stat I do look out for attempts on goal because if that’s roundabout over 20 then you are doing something right,” the manager concluded.Hear the manager’s thoughts on #CELDUN ⬇️— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) August 17, 2019last_img read more