University Sport South Africa cancels all sporting activities amid covid-19
University Sport of South Africa (USSA), has made a decision to cancel all sporting activity until at least next year.
This decision has been welcomed by some of the country’s biggest sporting giants at university level.
Coach Godfrey Tenoff of the University of Free State (UFS), expressed his delight at the decision taken by the USSA organisation.
“Although budget and planning for the year and probably the next has been disrupted, I absolutely understand and support the fact that the USSA board has the best interests of the student-athlete in mind.
He added that the academic year has to be recovered first and the sports are secondary to that.
University of Witwatersrand (Wits), also praised the resolution made by the USSA board in these dire circumstances. Phuthego Mokgethi, Wits Football administrator reflected on the impact of the pandemic.
“The pandemic has affected our plans for the year as much as it has affected any other industry. However, we need to adjust and prepare for the best,” said Mokgethi.
Former Banyana Banyana assistant coach and the Durban University of Technology’s head of sport, Bongani Yengwa, alluded to the fact that even if there was any chance of any university sports being played this year, a lot of factors would have to be considered.
Although athletes have been involved in isolated training, there is still a matter of match fitness for any sport that needed to be achieved before any participation in any competition.