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Government approves return of Premier League football

Published:Wednesday | May 5, 2021 | 5:15 PM
Javon East of Portmore United (left) is tackled by Mount Pleasant's Cardel Benbow in the Red Stripe Premier League Semi-Final at the National Stadium on Monday April 15, 2019.
Javon East of Portmore United (left) is tackled by Mount Pleasant's Cardel Benbow in the Red Stripe Premier League Semi-Final at the National Stadium on Monday April 15, 2019.

Local top flight football is set to return after more than a year on the sidelines due to the COVID-19 pandemic, after the Jamaican Government granted approval for the Jamaica Premier League on Wednesday.

The announcement was made by Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Desmond McKenzie, who also noted that the authorities are looking into the proposals of several other sporting bodies and competitions, with a view of expanding the return of sports in the island.

The Premier League was cancelled last year following the COVID-19 outbreak in the island with no competitive football being played in the country since then.

The development comes after months of planning and discussions between officials from Premier Football Jamaica Limited and the Jamaican Government.

“This decision came at the end of a meeting I chaired today involving representatives of the Ministries of Health and Wellness, and Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Premier League Clubs Association, the Jamaica Football Federation, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management and the Social Development Commission,” said McKenzie.

“We have been meeting for some time, to ensure that all possible mechanisms concerning the efficient prevention and management of COVID-19 are applied to all aspects of Club competition, including the health and safety of players, referees and Club workers and administrators. Further details regarding the starting times and the conditions under which the competitions will be held, will be disclosed at a later date.”