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Athletes express worry as COVID-19 cases rise

Players and athletes in Nigeria have expressed concern over the spike of coronavirus cases in the country in the past couple of weeks, fuelling fears of a second wave in the country.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, in its recent update, announced that the virus had infected 6,564 people in the last 10 days.

The figure confirmed the upward trajectory recently, which had sparked apprehension of a looming second lockdown.

Reacting to this latest development, Nigerian sprinter Enoch Adegoke said, “Personally, this spike in the cases of COVID-19 would definitely affect training sessions and plans for 2021 outings. Also, it would affect the nation’s economy and that has a direct impact on athletes as well.”

Handball player, Yahaya Owolabi, who plays for Lagos Seasiders, added, “The second phase of the lockdown will affect me because I have been out of sporting activities for months. Since the ban was lifted on contact sports, I resumed training but with this spike, it’s going to have a psychological effect on all local athletes.”

Two-cap Super Eagles player, Hilary Ikenna, said, “Obviously, this is going to have a drastic effect on sports in the country.

“We’ve not received any update on the resumption of the local league, though we heard it could be January or February. With this news, that might just change everything.”

Rising sprinter, Ese Oguma, in a chat with Saturday PUNCH added, “I just pray it doesn’t happen, may God heal the world.”

Credit: Punch News


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