Can unvaccinated players, coaches and officials take part in team sport? Or is sport bound to remain within the boundaries of ‘safe zones’?
The related questions have been on the lips of everyone from recreational athletes to formal players and officials since Friday 4 March, when Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley declared to Parliament that ‘the recommencement of team sports and contact sports is allowed’.
The solitary line in Parliament was all the national public got from Rowley on the subject.
So what’s the answer then?
Wired868 asked Minister of Sport and Community Development Shamfa Cudjoe as well as Sports Company of Trinidad and Tobago chairman Douglas Camacho and CEO Jason Williams for clarity.
Cudjoe did not respond but Camacho and Williams did. They did not know either.
“We have to wait on the regulations and be guided there,” said Williams.
“We are awaiting the regulations to better guide us,” said Camacho.
Did Dr Rowley alter the Public Health [2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-ncov)] (No 32) Regulations in a manner that would impact upon thousands of persons in the formal and recreational sport industry, without informing his sport minister about the effect of those changes?
Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi is expected to circulate the updated Public Health Ordinance on Monday 7 March. One way or the other, its impact on sport is expected to be seismic as Trinidad and Tobago prepares to return to the playing ground.
Editor’s Note: Sport will operate as ‘safe zone’. Click HERE for more.