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COVID-19 relief funds allocated to Rwandan football clubs

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The Executive Committee of Rwanda Football Federation has started disbursing the COVID-19 relief grant that was allocated by the international football body, according to a source on Tuesday, 29 September 2020.

The Secretary-General of Rwanda’s football body, Francois Regis Uwayezu explained that the funds approved, approximately 1 000 000 dollars, will ease the financial burden that members have been facing due to the pandemic, under strict follow-up and monitoring to ensure it has been used in a proper way

It is said that major allocation will be on supporting the football development activities, Rwanda Premier League clubs, second division men’s league clubs, and women teams in terms of importance where the above solidarity grant will be distributed in two instalments.

For the men’s clubs, the grant will be exclusively used to pay salaries for players, with the instruction to clear all pending wages of staff as a priority.

Earlier on Monday, 28 September 2020, the Rwandan Ministry of Sports allowed the resumption of all sports and exercise activities, both in outdoor public places and stadiums. All sporting activities, such as training, competitions and events, in the country were suspended on 15 March, as the government imposed a strict lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Individuals with symptoms such as flu, cold, fever, cough, sneezing and headaches are not allowed to practice sports or physical exercises in public, but should rather consult health services, the statement said.



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