The huge financial cost involved in testing for COVID 19 will prove to be a huge impediment to the return of competitive basketball in Ghana.
The nation has been dealing with COVID 19 since the first cases of infection were reported in the early part of March this year. The number of cases has risen to over 20,000 at the time of writing.
The fast spread of the virus forced several sports events to get cancelled or indefinitely suspended including competitions in basketball.
With the easing of restrictions in recent weeks, there is hope various competitions could be continued and ended before the year ends.
However, to be able to do this, athletes needed to be tested first and Basketballghana.com gathers the cost of testing an individual is $80.
Recently, Ghana’s Sports Minister stated that each game in the country’s top flight football league will cost 60,000. The country’s National Sports Authority provided the cost.
With basketball in a bad financial state, the amount irrespective of the sport’s reduced number per team, is still high and halts plans for a return.
By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
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