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Time to commercialise – Netball Jamaica president sees advantages of sports activities with out spectators | Sports activities

Netball Jamaica President Tricia Robinson stated that having native sports activities return with out spectators wouls current a singular alternative to the varied sporting our bodies to develop the industrial elements of their sports activities. Prime Minister Andrew Holness…

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Netball Jamaica President Tricia Robinson stated that having native sports activities return with out spectators wouls current a singular alternative to the varied sporting our bodies to develop the industrial elements of their sports activities.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness advised Parliament final week that the Authorities was trying on the sluggish reintroduction of sports activities which have been suspended indefinitely since March of final yr due to COVID-19.

Holness stated, although, that there can be restrictions, together with no spectators, at venues.

However Robinson, who was inspired by Holness’ announcement, doesn’t imagine that not having spectators on the venues is essentially a nasty factor.

“We’ve got no downside with that as a result of now, it’s important to have a look at the commercialisation facet, which is the place my head area has all the time been,” she stated.

“So I’ll not be capable to deliver spectators to the sport, however I have to be capable to deliver the sport to spectators whether or not mainstream or on-line media.”

Robinson stated that this might additionally current different alternatives for sporting associations to earn and promote people and their sport as a collective.

She says that Netball Jamaica remains to be awaiting the entire Authorities floor guidelines beneath which it ought to function earlier than finalising its security protocols.

Robinson stated that the February window is just too brief whereas pointing to various issues she has concerning testing.

“I’m ready for the orders,” she stated. “Generally when you’ve gotten the orders, it provides slightly extra sense round it to see how we are able to function.

“So I await the orders to know precisely how we are going to go forward. For instance, you’ve gotten a restriction on the gathering of over 15. So how does that relate to group sports activities. So the orders will inform us precisely what’s what.

“We simply wish to know tips on how to function. We’re trying on the 20-odd days, however what actually can we do in 20-odd days.

“How will testing go? Who will do the assessments? Who will bear the price? Will Authorities help us?

“Plus, it’s multiple sport. It’s loads of us. Some large groups would possibly [be able to] do it, however what number of large groups do we have now? So there are nonetheless loads of questions.”

livingston.scott@gleanerjm.com

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