By Sam Bridge
Coronavirus concerns prompt the UAE General Authority of Sports to make ruling on training and competitions in the country
All sports training and competitions involving youths aged 18 or under have been suspended until further notice as the UAE seeks to stop the spread of the new coronavirus.
The UAE General Authority of Sports has directed all its partners in the public and private sectors to suspend activities across all clubs, academies and public places nationwide, as part of precautionary measures to halt Covid-19.
In line with the directives, all sporting activities will be contested without fans in attendance.
In a statement carried by state news agency WAM, the General Authority of Sports said all community sporting activities have been postponed until further notice, with other sports activities to continue with attendance limited to sportspeople, organisers, technical and administrative staff.
"An official approval from the General Authority of Sports and sports councils concerned is a precondition to host any championship or a training camp where sports teams from abroad are to participate in order to ensure all public health protocols are in place. The same approvals are a precondition as well to participate in any official championship outside the country," said the statement.
"All necessary preventive and safety measures must be ensured, including sterilization of all sports facilities in general and private clubs," said the authority, adding that all parties concerned will be notified of any developments after coordination with competent bodies in the nation.