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Tennis Jamaica keeping close watch on COVID-19

Published:Saturday | September 5, 2020 | 12:19 AMRobert Bailey/Gleaner Writer
President of Tennis Jamaica, John Azar
President of Tennis Jamaica, John Azar

John Azar, president of Tennis Jamaica, says his organisation will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic in the country as they look ahead at local tournaments scheduled for the rest of the year.

Tennis Jamaica recently staged a successful All Jamaica tournament but since then the island has seen a spike in coronavirus cases across all parishes. This has forced the postponement of a number of sporting events. The Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association has already cancelled all school sports for the Christmas term.

“We are going to be very watchful in terms of the situation,” said Azar.

“One or two days before the start of the All Jamaica Tennis championships, the board met to decide if the event was going to continue this year because clearly we are mindful of what is taking place and safety of all patrons and persons in the tennis fraternity is paramount to us,” he said.

“We are definitely keeping a close eye on things as they develop but obviously, we want to get back into full speed with the sport but nothing will supersede the safety of persons in the fraternity,” Azar stated.

He underscored that there are a number of local tournaments scheduled for the remainder of the year, but these events will only go ahead whenever it is safe to do so.

“There are tournaments scheduled between now and the end of the year on our calendar but again I would say we are monitoring things on a day-to-day basis,” said Azar.

“We are happy that we were able to host the All Jamaica tournament in a safe atmosphere for everyone and in terms of the future events, clearly we will decide on that in days and weeks ahead of us,” the Tennis Jamaica boss added.