Sports back to normal during Ramadan — stakeholders

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AMMAN — The fasting month of Ramadan will see sporting and youth activities returning to pre-pandemic levels, as the government announced it is lifting almost all COVID-19 restrictions, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

Sports federations and the Ministry of Youth have put the final touches for tournaments, matches, and sporting events during the holy month, including the largest five-a-side football tournament across the Kingdom’s governorates, districts, and villages with 1,040 teams contesting 1,062 matches that will see prizes awarded for the first time.

The Jordan Football Association also announced the launch of the pro football league competitions during Ramadan, with 12 clubs participating for the most prestigious national footballing title.

The return of sports is exciting news for the youth, who were denied that opportunity by the coronavirus and who waited for two years for a return to normal life, football coach Khaled Al-Khatib told Petra.

Mahmoud Rashdan, member of Al-Hussein Sport Club/Irbid board, said that young people yearn for the return of sports life to normal during Ramadan, stressing the need to gear the energies of youth towards sports and meaningful activities. Holding professional league matches is an ideal opportunity to attend special Ramadan football evenings, he said.

Taekwondo Head Coach Faris Assaf said everyone is excited for sporting events to return during Ramadan after a two-year hiatus, adding that his teams will return to competition after the relaxing of pandemic restrictions.

Earlier, State Minister for Media Affairs Faisal Shboul announced the lifting of more COVID-19 restrictions and said that masks in open areas will no longer be required.

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