Dakar, Nov 25 (APS) – The Organizing Committee of the 2021 African Cup of Nations (CAN) postponed to next January wants this competition to be held in the presence of the public, ” with fill rates at 100 for cent, ” announces its president, the Cameroonian Minister of Sports and Physical Education.
“The government policy led by the Minister of Public Health aims to guarantee a filling level of the stages of competition during the CAN Total Energies to 100 percent”, indicates Narcisse Mouelle Kombi, in a letter.
However, he believes that this should be done on the basis of the establishment of a health pass required for spectator access to the stadiums.
“ This health pass will consist of a Covid-19 diagnostic test (RDT) valid over a period of 48 hours for unvaccinated people, and for people with a complete vaccination schedule, this validity will be reduced to 7 days ” , indicates the ministerial letter.
He emphasizes that “spectators will have to pre-register on the dedicated online platform before going to the screening / vaccination / ticket sales sites set up in sufficient quantity throughout the period of the competition”.
” Finally, the health pass will be checked before spectator access to the stadiums either by smartphone or by secure paper, it being understood that the interveners (players, referees and officials) having to access zones 1 and 2 will be tested by PCR and results available within 24 hours, ” the letter continued. He ensures that the laboratories concerned by this work are known.
All these health provisions aim to make the CAN ” popular and festive in compliance with anti-Covid-19 protocols, ” he argues.
Discussions are constant between the medical teams of CAF and the Ministry of Health and these have resulted in free Covid-19 tests for the participating teams during the competition, underlines the document.
These responses on the arrangements made by the Organizing Committee followed questions from the African Football Confederation on the measures taken to protect the participants in the competition.