All sports competitions in Bahrain to be held behind closed doors

The Ministry of Youth and Sports has also stopped all sports inside gyms, covered playgrounds and swimming pools

All sports competitions in Bahrain to be held behind closed doors

All sports and youth competitions in Bahrain will be held behind closed doors until further notice, the Ministry of Youth and Sports has announced.

Only games and sports activities in open spaces will continue, without spectators, as sport inside gyms, covered playgrounds, and swimming pools has been suspended.

All preventive and precautionary measures must be taken, and the guidelines announced by the Ministry of Health and the National Taskforce for Combating Coronavirus (COVID-19) must be implemented for a game to go ahead.

These include measures for disinfection, clean-up and medical tests.

The Ministry said in a statement, “The decisions are taken for the sake of the sports people's safety and public interest and should be fully respected by the youth centres and the sports clubs.”

The news comes after the Bahrain Grand Prix 2020 was postponed on Friday.

The Formula 1 season is now expected to kick off in Europe at the end of May, but this will be regularly reviewed by organisers in light of the sharp increase of COVID-19 cases in recent days.

A new date for the Bahrain Grand Prix is yet to be announced, but we’ll be keeping you up to date in our news section.

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