By; AYO OJEDOKUN, Lagos
President of the Muaythai Federation of Nigeria (MFN), Comrade Paul Egonu has commended the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare for his proactiveness and support towards containing the COVID-19 in the country.
Sports Minister, Sunday Dare ordered all the National Stadia in Lagos, Abuja, Kaduna and Ibadan shut to public as a means of curbing the spread of the CoronaVirus, also known as COVID-19.
Egonu who said it is all about the safety of athletes, fans and all stakeholders, added that there is no better time for all sports federations to come together in solidarity to give their support and show love to one another.
Egonu urged athletes to embrace the culture of regular washing of hands, applying alcohol based sanitisers and maintaining clean environment to break the chain of infection of the CoronaVirus that is been proposed by medical experts, stressing that, “we cannot afford to lose any athlete to the COVID-19 virus.”
He advised sportsmen and women to continue to train by doing little physical exercises to keep them in shape and kill boredom.
The Federal Government had called off the National Sports Festival (NSF) as a result of the pandemic, just as the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting was suspended, while workers from levels 12 and below have been directed to work from home.
Only on Tuesday, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) had postponed the 2020 Tokyo Olympics till 2021 as a result of the spread of the virus.
President Muhammadu Buhari during his nationwide broadcast on Sunday ordered for a total lockdown of Ogun, Lagos and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja as one of the measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.
It would be recalled that COVID-19, which was first detected in Wuhan, China last December has ravaged the world with unprecedented social and economic impact.
So far, It has infected over 1,000,000 and killed 24,000 across the world.
More than 124,000 people have also recovered from the virus.