ISSA hoping MOHW can help test student athletes for COVID-19

Report by RJRGLEANER Communications Group Sports Reporter Renardo Brown

The Inter-Secondary School Sports Association is hoping a proposed program from the Ministry of Health could help in testing student athletes for COVID-19 as they aim to resume high school sports.

ISSA announced on Tuesday that October has been set as the time period for the resumption of sports at the high school level, with netball, basketball and football earmarked for the resumption.

But even with that time period four month away, questions are being asked of whether ISSA will test  athletes and support staff before the resumption.

But, speaking on Hitz 92 FM's Sports Explosion on Wednesday,

ISSA president Keith Wellington revealed that the Ministry of Health may help to ease the burden of testing with a programme expected to be rolled out in September.

In the meantime Wellington revealed that testing would cost $24 million for just the schoolboy football competition, with well over three thousand players participating every year.

Wellington added that the decision to resume sports in October was well supported by coaches and principals.

Government protocol will determine when schools will be allowed to start their training programmes.



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