The coronavirus outbreak and pandemic has completely crushed the sporting schedule worldwide and affected some of 2020’s big events.
A variety of sports have had to act to prevent the spread, and one of the biggest tournaments in Europe, Euro 2020 is on hold for 12 months with several postponements across different leagues.
The virus does not discriminate and footballers, despite being incredibly fit athletes, are just as susceptible to getting the coronavirus as anyone else.
– The English Premier League, EFL and Football Association is suspended until 30th April, though the season will be indefinitely extended.
- UEFA Under 21 European Championship and the 2021 Nations League Finals are postponed.
- Womens Super League and FA Womens Championship are also postponed by the English FA.
- Copa America 2020 has been moved to 2021, to give European based South American players time to finish their league campaigns in Europe.
- – UEFA committee announced all UEFA Champions League and Europa League games scheduled for the week starting March 16 are all postponed, as well as the quarter-final draws for both competitions.
- All domestic leagues in Italy, Spain and France are all indefinitely suspended.
- In Africa, Championship of African Nations (CHAN), has been delayed twice. The tournament was meant to take place in Cameroon this January and February, then was pushed back to April. It has since been postponed again indefintely. Cameroon has 10 confirmed cases of COVID-19. While Cameroon has yet to impose restrictions on sporting events, the Confederation of African Football (CAF), the governing body of African soccer, made the decision.
- In Kenya, all leagues are currently suspended as the number of cases continues to rise in Kenya. Betting companies have reported drastic drops in revenue as global sporting events have been cancelled, and Kenya boasting to be the tech hub of east, central and southern Africa. Some of the top Betting sites in Kenya are currently trying to figure what Sports can bet on during those hard times.
- In Tanzania, the famous uhur torch race has been cancelled, and funds to be used for addressing Covid-19. It is a very popular event in Tanzania.
- In South Africa, nearly all sports associations which include soccer association (Safa), Cricket South Africa (CSA), Athletics South Africa (ASA), Tennis South Africa (TSA), Boxing South Africa (BSA), Netball South Africa (NSA) and golf’s Sunshine Tour have all suspended events.
- In Nigeria confirmed cases of the Covid-19 have said local will “not” be suspended in an odd response to the pandemic. However, strict checklist and medical equipment are to be present and carried out before games.
- In international matches, CAF (Conferderation of African Football) have chosen to reschedule the March Afcon qualifiers along with continental neighbors, Asian and South American confederations, whom have postpone all international fixtures.
“To avoid any unnecessary health risks and also situations of potential sporting unfairness, we therefore recommend that all international matches previously scheduled to take place in March and April should now be postponed until such time that they can take place in a safe and secure environment, both for players and for the general public. The final decision on this issue rests with the respective competition organisers or relevant member association in case of friendlies.” Statement from FIFA.
In other sports, the six nations, London marathon, formula one, golf master are all postponed.
A sad time for sports, we hope and look forward to seeing the Covid-19 pandemic coming to an end as soon as possible. Stay safe and play safe.
Nine-year-old child electrocuted to death after he tempered with a naked electric cable, police say
A NINE (09) YEAR OLD BOY of Lusaka’s George Compound has been electrocuted and died after he tempered with a naked electric cable.
Police Spokesperson Esther Katongo has said that the victim fell unconscious and was pronounced dead upon arrival at Matero level one hospital.
“Police in Lusaka received a report of suspected electrocution which occurred on 25th October, 2020 at around 1130 hours at a Make shift shop in which Dickson Zulu, unknown age, of George Compound, reported that his son Golden Zulu aged nine years was electrocuted after he tempered with a suspected naked cable alleged to have been connected from the main house of Leonard Phiri aged about 60 of George Compound,” Katongo said.
Katongo said no visible injuries were observed from the deceased.
Katongo revealed that upon witnessing the incident, members of the public pounced on the house from where the victim was electrocuted and damaged the wall fence, windows, doors and some looted household goods which are yet to be itemized.
She said police who visited the scene found one black electric cable which was connected to the makeshift shop.
She said an inquiry into the matter has been launched and that a team from Zesco has been activated.
Katongo said the body of the deceased has been deposited to UTH mortuary awaiting post-mortem.
President Lungu pardons 966 inmates to commemorate Zambia’s 56th Independence Day
PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has pardoned 966 inmates as part of commemorating Zambia’s 56th Independence which fell on Saturday 24th October, 2020.
Announcing this at a press briefing in Lusaka this afternoon, Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo said out of the released number, 883 are ordinary inmates, 10 are old aged, and 26 are foreign nationals.
“In commemoration of the 56th Independence Anniversary which fell on 24th October 2020, His Excellency Dr Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia and Commander in Chief of the Armed forces has exercised his prerogative of mercy on 966 inmates categorized in the following order: 883 ordinary inmates, 10 old aged inmates, 21 inmates detained under His Excellency’s pleasure, and 26 foreign national inmates,” Kampyongo said.
Kampyongo said President Lungu has also considered 26 different petitions.
“And further, His Excellency has also considered petitions from 26 petitioners who include condemned lifers and long term inmates and had their sentences committed in the following order: seven had their sentences committed from death to life, two from death to 35 years, seven from 35 years to 20 years, one from 30 years to 20 years, three from 30 years to 15 years, one from 20 years to 15 years, and four were pardoned,” he said.
And Kampyongo said out of the total number of inmates pardoned, 886 are male while 80 are females.
The Minister also revealed that the current total inmate population stands at 20, 735 out of which, 560 are females and 20, 174 are males.
Amb. Anthony Mukwita Reflects on Zambia´s 56th anniversary under the cloud of the bug
THE complexion, colour and feel of our beloved country Zambia’s 56th independence anniversary is different in more ways than one this year due to the Coronavirus that has brought the world to its knees.
The bug has shut down business in Zambia—big and small—left many jobless and drastically slashed revenue collection for the government of President Edgar Lungu, making it difficult for the country to meet its social and foreign financial obligations.
Scanning the above, you get the felling of gloom and doom with no hope in the horizon, as the bug continues to stamp its deadly force and wrath on our beloved Zambia.
At the Embassy of Zambia in Berlin, however, and in line with the theme dictated by our government under H.E President Edgar Lungu, we like to look at the glass as half full and not half empty.
We like to search deep into the doctrines of our Christian roots and find a strand of hope instead of sinking into a state of deep despair.
We reckon the same way the God of Moses and Israel continues to feed the sparrows and the squirrels of the wild and indeed all animals big and small, he shall shine his kind face on us too tomorrow.
This calamity shall not last forever, albeit, we shall feel it´s devastating effects as our brothers and sisters wake up without the job, they had in January for a long time to come.
We shall recall this independence as the one Auntie Agatha and Uncle Joe woke up to closed doors of their barber shop and hair salons because regulations required them to prioritise their health over wealth.
We shall recall it as the anniversary Zambia beseeched both local and foreign lenders to ease the call on repayments of debt due to a drastic drop in revenue and FDI beyond our leaderships control.
Above all we shall recall it as an anniversary we recorded more than 3000 infections of covid and lost about 340 lives needlessly.
But because we are a country of faith, we shall also find strength in the good book which says in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
We believe at our mission that, since pressure makes diamonds that are much harder than stones, Zambia too under the leadership of our Chief Diplomat H.E Lungu shall will soar on wings like an eagle, run and not grow weary, and will walk and not be faint as prophesised in Isiah 40:31 because we shall work towards that.
We know prayer alone is not enough to get us out of a tough spot, we must complement it with action, with work so therefore this is no time for laziness.
This means picking a post and using every tool we have to get out of the hard rock the bug has placed us in and make progress.
Our job here is well cut out for us in the area of economic diplomacy and this means we must find and direct more German business to come to Zambia and grow food to feed Europe like Amatheon Agri Holdings is already doing.
We must find automobile companies to partner with and produce components for Electric Vehicles or EV´s. We must find ways of earning money for the government so that we stop using taxpayers money to pay rentals and fund projects from own resources.
This is the challenge that the COVID-19 style independence anniversary presents to us in addition to the many projects we have already directed towards our beloved country thus far.
Zambia German economic ties tip the scale at about US$1 billion over the last 56 years to the favour of Zambia according to records.
Pandemics such as Ebola, Swine and Spanish flu have come and gone but humanity always prevails because it is the way God engineered us—to rise above adversity.
On behalf of all staff, allow me to join our President H.E Edgar Lungu and his good administration in toasting Zambia´s anniversary themed, “One Land, One Nation-Building Our Future, Proud and Free.”
We love our country of 365 days of sunshine but still ask you to commemorate this important day in a safe environment.
*The Author H.E Anthony Mukwita is the Ambassador of Zambia to Germany based in the capital, Berlin. This was his annual message to embassy staff on 24th October 2020. The statement is issued by First Secretary Press and Public Relations Kellys Kaunda.*