25 Mar 2020
Today the NSW Polo Association attended a call hosted by the NSW Office of Sport and attended by NSW Minister for Sport – Richard Colbeck.
The key points and advice from the meeting were:
In light of these directives from the Government, NSWPA has reassessed its position from last week and ask that clubs suspend all activities immediately until further notice.
It is vital that the polo clubs of NSW do not put any additional pressure on our hospitals and assist in the attempts being made to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
We will continue to closely monitor the situation and keep you up to date as information is passed on.
Please contact the office should you have any queries.
The Australian Government has announced new community sport guidelines to combat the spread of COVID-19, these are effective immediately. All polo must be run in accordance with the AHPPC COVID-19 Community Sport Guidelines. In addition to the community sport guidelines being implemented, the APF advises that any polo that is played at clubs is under these additional conditions until further notice:
AHPPC COVID-19 Community Sport Guidelines:
All community sport participants must play a role to help reduce the transmission of COVID 19, including those organising, attending or supporting attendance at these activities.
Participants should not attend and participate in Community Sport if they:
Attendance at Community Sport activities
Only essential participants should attend activities, i.e. players, coaches, match officials, staff and volunteers involved in operations and parents/guardians of participants.
All players, visitors should practise the following social distancing measures at Community Sporting activities:
It is acknowledged that contact sports have a greater risk of transmission than other sports, and as such, should be considered on a case-by-case basis. However, other mitigation strategies for match socialisation and contact must be employed to reduce the risk to players, visitors, and officials more broadly.
General hygiene measures at facilities
Facilities should ensure that:
The Prime Minister’s media statement can be found at https://www.pm.gov.au/media/update-coronavirusmeasures
The most recent advice released by the AHPPC can be found at https://www.health.gov.au/news/australianhealth-protection-principal-committee-ahppc-coronavirus-covid-19-statement-on-17-march-2020
Additional information relating to the Government’s response to COVID-19 can be found at www.health.gov.au
The Australian Institute of Sport is maintaining an information page on COVID-19 and Sporting Activity
Sport Australia has also Suspended public activity on the AIS Campus in Canberra
Chairman, Australian Polo Federation