Up to 15 people allowed for team training

Fadhil Yunus

The group size for team sports has been increased to 15 people from 10 under the condition of conducting a training programme only, following updated guidelines in the Phase 4 of the de-escalation plan.

This was shared by 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 a press conference yesterday.

Organised sports and competitions are still not allowed, as only minimal contacts are permitted during any sporting activities.

“As stated during the press conference on July 22, minimal contact and sharing of equipment for team sports are allowed,” the minister said.

Minimal contact refers to contact made but not through an aggressive manner. Team competitions like football, basketball and combat sports are more likely to see aggression during matches and will prove to have several contacts.

Meanwhile, there are no changes in the de-escalation plan for gyms and fitness centres, indoor and outdoor sports complex and golf courses as what had been informed during the previous press conference on July 22.

Statistics showed 289,096 visitors have used sports centres nationwide including gyms and fitness centres, sports facilities, bowling alleys and swimming pools since May 16.

Swimming pools have moved to Phase 3 of the de-escalation plan, which sees increased capacity on its use from 60 to 80 per cent subject to space. People of all ages can now gain entry to swimming pools.

Swimming pools under the purview of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) will be open daily from 8am to 6pm with closing hours between 12pm to 2pm, except on Friday where it will close from 11.30am to 2pm. Each individual will be only allowed a maximum of two hours each day.

Operational times for other swimming pools depend on the respective owners.