Huge boost for Chiefs, Downs' title hopes


Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns have been given a massive boost to their title hopes after government announced new regulations for contact sport.

Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa, during a press briefing held on Saturday, has given the green light for both non-contact and contact professional sport to return to action from Monday, June 1, when the country moves to lockdown level 3.

However, for all contact professional sport such as football and rugby, this only applies to training and not to matches.

This gives a boost to the League's hopes of resuming and completing the 2019/20 season, though further presentations are still to be made by the PSL and SAFA regarding their intentions to ensure a safe return to play.

"The process of training for contact and non-contact Sport will resume under level 3. All sporting arts, culture or religious events are prohibited except religious gatherings and professional non-contact sporting events for the purpose of preparation of major sporting events," said Mthethwa, as quoted on his social media. 

"All sport bodies must within 14 days after the publication of these directions, inform the Minister in writing as to the date of resumption and further provide an operational guideline including a guarantee in the form of affidavits related to the testing of all officials."