What is COVID-19?
On 31 December 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported a cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan City, China. ‘Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2’ (SARS-CoV-2) was confirmed as the causative agent of what we now know as ‘Coronavirus Disease 2019’ (COVID-19).
Since then, the virus has spread to more than 100 countries, including South Africa. For more information on the disease and how it has affected our country please visit the SA Corona Virus Website – HERE
The SAWF is the custodian of the sport of wrestling in South Africa and the health, safety and well being of all our members, young and old, is our first priority. For this reason the decision was taken to suspend all wrestling activities and cancel all events for the remainder of 2020.
As we moved into Alert Level 3 the SAWF formed a Covid-19 task team headed up by our HSS Chairperson, Richelle Pieterse, in order for us to plan and implement the safe return of our sport and its members to the Mat. In line with Government Regulations and Directives issued by the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture we will only return to training once we are allowed to do so and only once it is safe to do so.
Below is an overview of the SAWF’s plan to mitigate the risk and impact of the pandemic on our sport. All information will be published on this page as we move through the processes.
United World Wrestling Webinar on Coping with Covid-19 and prepare for return of wrestling – HERE