The South African government has given the green light for motorsport to resume action after months of inactivity.
Along with most sporting codes, all motorsport activities were suspended in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Green light for motorsport
Motorsport South Africa (MSA) on Thursday revealed that Sports, Arts and Culture minister, Nathi Mthethwa has given the go-ahead for all events sanctioned by the body to resume. This under strict sanitation and health regulations at all racing venues.
This means that events will take place behind closed doors with no spectators permitted.
MSA chair, Anton Roux thanked Mthethwa and his department for giving the thumbs up.
“We are very thankful to the Department and the Minister for the constructive way in which they engaged with us to find solutions and for allowing us to restart motor racing. Motor racing is a vibrant sporting code and an important contributor to the livelihood of many businesses and racing venues,” he said in a statement issued out by MSA.
Anton Roux, Motosport South Africa chairman
Back on track under new rules
Other measures required to be adhered to in order for competition to commence include the presence of a COVID-19 compliance officers at all racing venues.
Drivers, support staff and all those present are also required to wear masks and practice social distancing, while strict cleaning protocols will be followed.
All those in attendance will be subjected to temperature checks.
MSA chief executive Adrian Scholtz said the body to ensure a safe return for the sport.
“The COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown have placed additional obligations on MSA and our member organisations, but we have been preparing for our expected restart and look forward to working with event organisers and competitors to restart in a safe and timely manner,” he said.
Adrian Scholtz, Motosport South Africa CEO
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