Rugby league is one of the sports affected by the new Ministerial Order suspending all forms of contact sports until this Sunday, following an increase in community transmission of Covid-19 in Rarotonga. PHOTO: RASHNEEL KUMAR/ 22030204
Cook Islands Rugby League domestic competition and the national Touch weekly matches are the two major sporting events affected by the latest Covid-19 related restriction.
Minister Mark Brown yesterday authorised a new Ministerial Order suspending all
forms of contact sports until this Sunday, following an increase in community
transmission of Covid-19 in Rarotonga.
lead up to the announcement, Cook Islands Touch Association postponed
yesterday’s mixed division games “due to increasing case numbers and for the
safety of all players”.
are asking all players to please get tested as we have been advised of a player
present on Monday testing positive (yesterday),” the association said.
Islands Rugby League also sent out a notification yesterday afternoon advising
the clubs of the new Ministerial Order.
round four matches supposed to be played tomorrow and Saturday have now been
Toa, the association secretary and competition coordinator, said: “We have been
wary of this Covid situation since we learnt that borders were going to be
opened. We anticipated that the Covid sickness will have some impact on our
clubs already had measurements in place to mitigate the risks by having a
sign-in/tag-in station at the games with a sanitiser for those entering and
leaving the games.
also asked clubs and referees to have backup plans in place in case volunteers
in the clubs and/or refs are required to isolate and cannot perform duties at
the weekly games.”
good thing about the domestic rugby league competition is that it’s played in
an open well-ventilated area, Toa says.
given that the sport is a contact sport, we knew if the Covid cases started
rising, some games will be suspended.”
to receiving the Ministerial Order yesterday, Cook Islands Rugby League on
Tuesday agreed to suspend all junior matches this week due to the uncertainty
of the spread of Covid-19 and the vulnerability of the kids (having had only
one dose of vaccine).
will adhere to TMO (Te Marae Ora health ministry) directives and will look at
recommencing the season once we have been given the all-clear by TMO.”