The president of Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), Engineer Ahmed Musa-Kida has charged the country’s players to ensure they maintain all rules of social-distancing and self-isolation as spelt out by the Federal Government in these days of coronavirus pandemic.
Megasportsarena.com reports that Musa-Kida admitted it is a very tight situation the players are being forced to face, but he pointed out that it is for their own safety and wellbeing.
While acknowledging that the same insalubrious and dire situation is affecting other countries across the world, Musa-Kida enjoined Nigerian players, coaches, fans and other basketball stakeholders in the country to fall in line with all directives, in order to stay in good health.
The NBBF boss went on to commended International Olympics Committee (IOC) for postponing this year’s Olympic Games, which had been billed to begin July 24 in Tokyo, Japan, as he noted that concentrating on staying saying safe during the coronavirus scourge would not allow sports personalities prepare for the Games.
With the Games now put off until next year, Musa-Kida reckoned that, although it was a difficult decision to postpone the iconic event, it was the best step IOC and Japan could have taken, as it ultimately means thinking positively for the safety of all impending participants.
While adding that there is a need for all governments around the world to unite in the fight against COVID-19, Musa-Kida concluded that seeing all the players being socially responsible will also help to reduce the spread of the highly contagious and deadly respiratory infection.
Musa-Kida posited: “It is crucial for basketball players in Nigeria and abroad to know the importance of social distancing and self-quarantine as being promoted by the World Health Organisation and medical personnel as a key step in breaking the chain of the viral infection.
“At this crucial time, we must realize that only those who are alive can play basketball. We must place premium value on our lives and pay attention to our hygiene. Constantly washing of hands and the use of sanitizers can also stem the spread.
“Postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is the right step taken at such a critical time because as the saying goes, nothing is worth human life. We know this decision will come at an additional cost to sponsors, vendors, the government of Japan, participating countries and their athletes, but it is a necessary step.”