Cricket South Africa is among six sporting federations who have been cleared to return to training and matches as announced by Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa on 26 June.
The minister announced that further to the clearance of the return of Premier Soccer League football, seven further federations had made successful submissions to the department.
Government have left the detailed announcements of return plans to the sporting federations.
SPORTING BODIES CLEARED FOR RETURN UNDER LEVEL 3
-Cricket South Africa
-South African Anglers and Casting Association
-South African Gymnastics Federation
-Tennis South Africa
-South African National Climbing Association
-Canoeing South Africa
-Swimming South Africa
Media Release: Statement on the approval of the resumption of sporting activities in terms of the June 11, 2020 discretions. pic.twitter.com/ojUkHUimYN
— Min. Nathi Mthethwa (@NathiMthethwaSA) June 26, 2020
The Swimming and Canoeing oversight bodies had expressed concern that elite athletes in their sports would have their Olympic hopes dashed by a ban on their training and qualifying events.
Government is understood to have sent directives to each sport regarding health protocols that must be observed to ensure their return is safe.
Mthethwa urged sporting federations to remain patient as the department comb through their submissions.
Sporting federations have until the end of the day on 26 June 2020 to make submissions to the department.
CSA CLEARED BUT FACING OWN CHALLENGES
CSA seem to have quelled the latest controversy with the suggestion that Mark Boucher had some role within the 3team cricket setup rubbished.
A 3TC match had been scheduled for this weekend but CSA were force to postpone the event after being pulled up by government.
It now seems likely that warm-up exhibition could take place in July after the announcement by the Sports Minister.
CANOEING GETS GO AHEAD
Canoeing South Africa has been the training of member clubs and their administrators in order to make sure that all safety protocols are followed when paddlers return to training.
“We have had an extensive training period for our clubs where we spelt out all the guidelines that must be met in order for us to reopen,” Canoeing SA President Kim Pople said on 12 June after their sport was not given immediate approval to return to activity.
“They must have all of the necessary safety requirements in place and we are confident that they will adhere to all the rules set out by the government.
“An advantage is that we don’t have to physically open the clubhouses. We will give paddlers access to their boats and the boat racks but the clubs will not be open which adheres to the restrictions on gatherings,” Pople added.
With climbing added to the Tokyo Olympics five of the seven sports cleared to return are disciplines that could bring in medals in Tokyo.