The Nigeria Golf Federation (NGF) is presently not in a haste to have pupils and students back to school amid agitations to organise tournaments in the country particularly at the grassroots level.
This is against the backdrop of the palpable threats of the corona virus pandemic codenamed Covid-19 which has lead to closure schools across the country.
Some school of thought are of the opinion that resumption of schools will enable the Federation pull together a good number of players required to organise some of its annual tournaments.
Oludare Davies, the Secretary General of the Federation which is saddled with the responsibility of grassroots development in the country believes there was need to have a healthy population back to school.
“The Covid-19 pandemic is a serious issue globally which is the reason we cannot have tournaments for now; there’s need to contain the spread of the disease.
“The safety rules require social distancing, but at tournaments people will definitely come together; it will be highly impossible to observe the social distancing rule.
“This is why NGF is not against the restrictions imposed by governments, particularly shutting down of schools and other social institutions to contain the spread; the pupils and students should return to school in good health and study under good atmosphere, that is our interest.
“When it’s safe for the population NGF can organise tournaments; NGF tournaments are usually grassroots tournaments which are best organised amongst children of primary and secondary schools age brackets,” he explained.
Some of the tournaments which are being suspended include the Awa Ibraheem Junior Open Tournament; Zonal Junior Open tournaments; the IBB Junior Open as well as other international tournaments as the World Amateur Team Championship.