A ‘limited’ sports ban is in place again as Cambodia grapples with another COVID-19 outbreak.
The announcement from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MoEYS) said sports activities and events in the education sector that involve 20 or more people are not allowed for now due to the outbreak.
The latest sports ban only covers private and public schools around Phnom Penh, according to the announcement. The previous ban covered all sports activities in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap province.
The latest ban took effect on Feb 20 and is expected to be in force until the latest outbreak is ‘contained’.
This is the fourth time for the government here to impose a sports ban to prevent the spread of the deadly virus. The bans were lifted shortly after the outbreaks were successfully contained.
Forty-seven people, most of them Chinese nationals staying in Phnom Penh, tested positive of COVID-19 over the weekend. The latest community outbreak, the third for Cambodia, is referred to as the ‘February 20 Incident’.
A number of ongoing sports activities were suspended in response to the latest directive from the MoEYS.
“Due to the memo released by Ministry of Education, Youth & Sports relating to the new COVID cases in the city, the scheduled basketball training tomorrow is cancelled,” Supreme Basketball posted on its Facebook page on Saturday.
Supreme Basketball has an ongoing basketball training camp involving school-age children at the Premium Sports Club in Phnom Penh.
“The Safety of our young ballers is our main priority,” it added.
Other major sports activities in Phnom Penh and other provinces were not affected by the latest MoEYS order. These include the ongoing Hun Sen Cup and Tiger Futsal Cup 2020, which had its final matches yesterday.
Cambodia has earned praise of the international community for its successful handling of the pandemic.
Cambodia has recorded far fewer (533) cases compared to Thailand, Vietnam and other countries in Southeast Asia. There are also no COVID-related fatalities so far in the Kingdom.