Training allowed in group of 10, swimming pools increase capacity

Fadhil Yunus

Team sports received the green light to train in a group not exceeding 10 people with the exchange or mixing of players allowed under the updated guidelines of the fourth phase of the de-escalation plan announced yesterday.

Under the revised guidelines for gyms, fitness centres and indoor and sports facilities, team sports activities which involve physical contact and sharing of equipment are allowed at a minimum.

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin said that team sports are allowed to hold training programmes only.

“Under the fourth phase of the de-escalation plan, team sports are allowed for training only. Matches and organised sports are not allowed,” he said during a question-and-answer session at the Al-‘Afiah Hall of the Ministry of Health (MoH).

Although sports facilities are embarking under the fourth phase of the de-escalation plan, guidelines relating to team sports were only introduced during the third phase.

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin during the press conference. PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR
The Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex Swimming Pool in Berakas

“It should be reminded that we have only just begun with team sports in the third phase. In reality, we have just started (with team sports). Insya Allah, we will assess whether team sports can transfer from training to matches or as an organised sport in the near future,” said the minister.

Swimming pools will see an increased capacity from 30 per cent to 60 per cent at one time subject to space, and only for swimmers aged 12 above.

Swimming pools under the purview of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports will be open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, limited to two hours per individual. Operational days in other swimming pools will depend on the owners.

Gyms, fitness centres and indoor and outdoor sports facilities are allowed to operate at 100 per cent capacity, without any time restrictions.

Sports contested in doubles or pairs and non-contact artistic sports are allowed. Contact sports are also allowed for training sessions only without sparring.

Bowling centres may allow up to four bowlers playing in each lane with the use of house balls and house shoes allowed. There is no time limit of play for 10-pin bowling activities.

Golf courses and club houses can now operate at full capacity with each buggy vehicle accommodating two people.

All these will be implemented on July 27.

Meanwhile, 171,641 people have been recorded using sports facilities and complexes since resuming operations. Of the figure, 144,357 users are registered at gyms, fitness centres and indoor and outdoor sports facilities.

In addition, 22,000 users visited golf courses, 3,184 users at bowling centres and 2,100 users at swimming pools.