The Football Association of the Maldives (FAM) remains in hope that the next football season for 2020-2021 will kick-off during September.
In a special interview on RaajjeTV’s Covid-19 Coverage, the President of the association, Bassam Adeel Jaleel revealed that although FAM is yet to set a specific date to begin the season, it is hoping to kick-start the season during September, which is three months away.
As such, the president noted that they will commence football activities as soon as they receive the required permit to do so after the lockdown imposed across the Greater Malé Region is lifted.
All of the association’s decisions will revolve around the decisions made by the government and the Health Protection Agency (HPA), he added.
We are currently preparing to begin activities as soon as we are permitted to do so after the lockdown. We hope to begin the season during September. But all of our decisions will be in accordance with the decisions by the government and HPA. All teams will need atleast 20 days to prepare before the league begins”
~ Bassam Adeel Jaleel, President of the Football Association of the Maldives
Highlighting that a set of protocols need to be formed before the league commences, Bassam revealed that the association’s medical department is currently working to do so. These protocols and policies will be followed when clubs begin training and will be shared with the government as well as HPA.
While all sports activities have been halted across the Maldives due to the pandemic, South Korea has kicked of their K-League with Germany also beginning one of its biggest leagues, the German Bundesliga under “strict conditions”.
Maldives has seen four Covid-19 related deaths so far and 49 recoveries and the country surpassed 1,000 Covid-19 cases last weekend.