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Gazetted level 3 sport regulations exclude swimming

by ZwemZa on June 11th, 2020

Chad Le Clos of South Africa celebrates winning the Swimming Men’s Butterfly 100m Final on day fifteen of the 15th FINA World Championships at Palau Sant Jordi on August 3, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Swimming South Africa has approached the Ministry of Sports, Arts and Culture regarding the failure to include the sport in the list of non-contact sports allowed to resume activities under level 3 of the lock-down.

Level 3 sport regulations gazetted

After some delay, the department’s regulations for level three were gazetted on Thursday 11 June — nearly two weeks after Minister Nathi Mthethwa first announced them.

The delay has allowed the government to clear up some misconceptions and remove problematic regulations, but the lack of clarity on swimming is a blow to South Africa’s Olympic swimming hopefuls.

Swimming accounts for 18 of South Africa’s 87 Olympic medals putting the sport third on the national medal table behind only athletics and boxing.

Swimming SA believes that this may be an oversight on the part of the department of sport who have included triathlon, which encompasses swimming alongside running and cycling as the three disciplines making up their event.

Sports confederations and other oversight bodies now have up to 14 days to submit plans to the minister before training and competition can resume.

The gazetted regulations allow for the return of professional and elite sport but not recreational sport which means that golf courses and tennis courts remain closed to the general public.

Sporting bodies who wish to stage events under lockdown level 3 can only do so if the events are closed to the general public.

In a change to the originally slated regulations athletes and officials won’t be required to be tested and quarantined‚ but will have to give written confirmation that they are‚ to the best of their knowledge‚ free of COVID-19.

Non-contact sports allowed to resume matches/events

Government have issued a full list of sports given the go-ahead to resume matches. All matches must be cleared with the department before they are played.

  •  Archery‚
  •  Athletics‚
  •  Baseball‚
  •  Badminton‚
  •  Canoeing‚
  •  Cycling‚
  •  Equestrian‚
  •  Golf‚
  •  Gymnastics‚
  •  Rowing‚
  •  Sailing‚
  •  Shooting‚
  •  Table tennis‚
  •  Tennis‚
  •  Triathlon‚
  •  Volleyball‚
  •  Softball‚
  •  Angling‚
  •  Snow sport‚
  •  Chess‚
  •  Cricket‚
  •  Bowls‚
  •  Squash‚
  •  Jukskei
  •  Pigeon racing.

Sports only allowed to train

Government have cleared other higher risk sports to return to training and have indicated they are open to engagement regarding restart plans for these sports.

  • Basketball‚
  • Fencing‚
  • Football‚
  • Handball‚
  • Hockey‚
  • Rugby (non-contact training methodology)‚
  • Figure skating‚
  • Athletics (specifically for national championships and Olympic qualification)‚
  • Ice hockey‚ motorsport and netball (specifically for leagues).

Cricket South Africa might take advantage of the regulations to stage a tv-only event at Centurion involving the top domestic players. The event would be out of season but would provide the body with a testing ground to prepare for a return to international cricket.

James Richardson | The South African

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  1. Franna permalink

    I’m a triathlon an swim coach. How is it possible to distinguish between swim training for triathlon and for swimming. Definately this is not thought through.
    This is time for competitive swimmers to get back into the water. Hope that the government will see the bigger picture.

  2. Azalea Enderli permalink

    Leaving Swimming out of this list of sports under level 3 is absalutely
    Insane How can you be of any danger with the virus in the water whilst training . what’s the difference with swimming events having 50 spectators following. The correct corona protocol and 50 people allowed at church events
    Who ever makes these final decisions really what can I say

  3. Lesley Raynard permalink

    Many swimmers are at home stressed about their future with swimming as they have been training from the age of 6years for a dream to come through at world swimming stage.Swimming is definitely a none contact sport.I really do not see why the government has not seen it fit for this sport to return to normality.The water has so much chlorine which is as good as a sanitizer.

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