By By Sibusiso Masilela | 2021-01-10
Soccer - The Premier League of Eswatini (PLE) have stepped their efforts in fighting the COVID -19 pandemic by establishing a medical committee. The football organisation is on the verge of announcing a medical committee before the resumption of top flight football in the country in two week’s time. The committee is part of the pending mandates which the executive committee was tasked in appointing by the board of governors during a special meeting held at Happy Valley Hotel on November 19th last year. A source close to the matter revealed that the committee is likely to be announced before the end of next week and it will report directly to the Exco on all COVID - 19 issues within the league. “The executive committee has decided to establish a medical committee that will deal with all COVID 19 related issues in the league. The role of the committee will be ensuring that clubs follows the necessary health protocols. This will be through the frequent monitoring of the club compliance officers and further trace contact list of players who have tested positive and also monitor the recovery process of their affected,” said the source. The source further revealed that the committee will further assist in the gathering of reports of clubs that would breach the COVID -19 regulations. “The committee will also compile reports for the prosecution of teams if they are any disciplinary issues relating to the breaching of the health regulations. They will further monitor the usage of PPE's during match days and analyse the weekly medical reports provided by the compliance officers for their respective clubs,” the source said. PLE Chief Operations Officer Pat Vilakati said he was yet to learn about the news when reached for comment. “We are currently not having any medical committee as an organisation instead we are working with the EFA medical committee which only entrusted us to appoint COVID - 19 compliance officers,” he said. Premier League activities in the country are currently suspended in respect to the two week partial lockdown which has been announced by the Acting Prime Minister Themba Masuku on Thursday.
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