COVID-19: Expert calls for non-contact sports for children

Written by on January 6, 2021

As the pandemic continues to discourage social gatherings, Ms Gladys Okatho, Head of Physical Education (P.E) at Greensprings School, Anthony Lagos, has called for the involvement of children in non-contact sports. She made this call recently while speaking on the effects of the pandemic on sports and Physical Education in Nigerian schools.

In her opinion, many parents are apprehensive of allowing their children to engage in school sports because of the risk of exposing themselves to COVID-19. She, however, made it known that through non-contact sports like racket games, children can keep their body fit without being in danger of contracting the virus.

“COVID-19 has made students and parents very conscious of physical contacts with other people. Because of that, it is not a good decision to introduce games like football, basketball, and volleyball at this time. The best options, for now, are racket games, as they allow social distancing. Since the on-site resumption after the lockdown, all sports activities in Greensprings School have been restricted to racket games. Our practical lessons are on individual skill-based learning, and we primarily engage in badminton, table tennis, and lawn tennis,” she said.

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