FERWAFA bans pre-match handshakes between players

By IGIHE
On 10 March 2020 at 01:49

As Coronavirus continues to ravage the globe, the government of Rwanda and associated institutions have established different preventive mechanisms to keep the epidemic at bay. The most recent response to the COVID-19), has been announced by Rwandese Association Football Federation (FERWAFA) which has banned pre-match fair-play handshakes between players.

Starting last week, the Ministry of Sports held various meetings with football associations to identify ways in which COVID-19 can be prevented.

On Monday, March 9th, 2020, FERWAFA issued a notice to all football clubs in Rwanda banning handshakes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The notice reads: "In response to the outbreak of the Coronavirus across the world and following measures which have been put in place by the government of Rwanda to prevent and fight the virus, FERWAFA has set measures to prevent the virus spread."

Some of the measures FERWAFA imposed include availing soap and clean water or hand sanitizers at all stadiums entrance, a handshake ban between players and prohibition to host games before the aforementioned hygiene requirements are fulfilled.

All football teams that are not able to fulfill the COVID-19 prevention requirements are required to inform FERWAFA not later than March 10th, 2020 at 10 am for FERWAFA to inform the guest football teams regarding match cancellation.

Due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus, many countries around the world including China and Italy banned football matches until April 3rd, 2020.
In the United Kingdom, Morocco and France, teams will be playing behind closed doors with no fans in the stadiums.

FERWAFA issued a notice to all football clubs in Rwanda banning handshakes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The government of Rwanda and associated institutions have established different preventive mechanisms to keep the epidemic at bay.

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