The President of the Republic of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has suspended all sporting activities in the country as part of efforts to control the spread of COVID-19.
Museveni confirmed a raft of new measures on Friday evening during a televised address, amid a spike in cases.
Museveni announced new lockdown measures with a particular focus on high-risk areas, including the Capital, Kampala, as well as Wakiso, Mukono and Gulu.
The new measures include the suspension of all sporting activities and Private and Public transportation across the country.
“The churches, mosques, and sports sessions are congregating settings and are a source that fuels rapid virus transmission,” Museveni said before adding that;
“All places of worship and sports events remain suspended for 42 days.”
The suspension of sporting activities in Uganda could have a major impact on athletes preparing for the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the StarTimes Uganda Premier League which was three gameweeks away from the climax.
The Olympic Games are due to take place between July 23 and August 8, with the Paralympics scheduled to follow between August 24 and September 5.
Just like last season, the StarTimes Uganda Premier League could be headed for a premature end with Express FC leading the table.
Last season, Vipers were declared winners for their fourth time in history after managing to hold onto the lead, despite having five games left to play.