Health and safety issue ‘squash’ major tournament

Daniel Fong (right) and Marika Matanatabu competes in the final of the Jacks of Fiji sponsored Nadi Squash Open at the Nadi Sports and Social Club. Picture: REINAL CHAND/FILE

The interim president of Squash Fiji Michael Irava said the cancellation of their club championship at the Nadi Sports and Social Club on January 7 and 8, this year, was because of safety and health issues concerning the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We had no option, but to cancel the event,” he said.

“This was an incredibly difficult decision to make as we know that it will have an impact on our players especially the younger ones, who had shown an immense interest for the tourney by registering to play.

“It was done because of the risks involved with the current health crisis. We felt that it was the only appropriate action in order to protect the health and wellbeing of all our staff members, members and the wider squash community.”

Irava said SF would continue to monitor updates from the relevant authorities.

“We will work closely with the tournament sponsors in order to reschedule the event later in the year. SF will continue to adhere with all the relevant directives of the health authorities.

“I urge everyone to strictly comply with all the COVID-19 protocols. Please don’t forget to wear your masks.”

SF was one of the first sports organisations in the country to receive its Certificate for Resumption of Sports Framework 2021 pertaining to a Safe Sports Fiji protocol last October.

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