Olympic legend Michael Johnson backs up Scots athletes upset at Nicola Sturgeon’s Covid curbs on indoor s… – The Scottish Sun

SPORTS bosses tonight pleaded with Nicola Sturgeon’s government to relax an adult indoor activities ban after top athletes hit out at the “illogical” curbs.

Olympic 200m and 400m legend Michael Johnson was among those to express disbelief at the rules, which mean events where runners aren’t in different lanes are prohibited.

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Michael Johnson is the former world record holder in 200m and 400mCredit: PA:Press Association

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The ban will last for at least four weeksCredit: Alamy

Dozens of other sports – including five-a-side footie, netball, boxing and squash – learned last week the Scotland-only ban would last at least four weeks rather than three, despite the Omicron wave passing faster than was forecast.

Mounting frustration over the rules – now extended to at least four weeks – has led to the bosses of 38 sports associations to plead with Scottish Governing for the curbs to be “reconsidered” in Ms Sturgeon’s next Covid statement on Tuesday.

Several top Scottish athletes have hit out, including Jenny Selman – Scotland’s third fastest women’s 800m runner last year – after Scottish Athletics chair David Ovens said his sport “has again been the victim of a disproportionate policy response”.

Selman posted three images on Twitter of people boozing in a bar, a football crowd, and two women running on an indoor track, and wrote: “Only one of these activities is currently deemed to be unsafe in Scotland.

“Looks like indoor athletics has been the victim of disproportionate and illogical restrictions.”

In a plea to Ms Sturgeon’s sports minister, Selman said: “Please reconsider @MareeToddMSP”

Her tweet was picked up by US Olympic great turned TV pundit Johnson, who reposted it and expressed disbelief, saying: “What?!”

In responses to Johnson, Scots explained how the rules affect athletics, with one saying: “It’s about indoor 400m and upwards being a ‘contact sport’ for people over 18. … Cannot cross the white lines or Covid will get you .. Complete non scientific farce.”

And Scots international sprinter Zoey Clark – a world silver-medallist in the 4x400m – tweeted: “Scotland’s football stadiums can be at full capacity but a handful of athletes can’t compete over a 400m because it’s being classed as a ‘contact sport’.”

She posted a thinking face emoji and added “Thanks @scotgov @MareeToddMSP @NicolaSturgeon for once again making it harder to be an athlete north of the border.”

Amid frustration from other sports, Scotland’s national fencing association has even been told that some participants have taken to practising outdoors in the cold in front of car headlights.

The First Minister last week extended the post-Christmas curbs on adult non-professional sports where social distancing isn’t possible, despite opposition pleas to allow them to restart. 


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Non-professional indoor sports were initially hit with three weeks of restrictions from December 26 include five-a-side footie, athletics, basketball, boxing, fencing, hockey, karate, netball and squash.

Following last week’s extension to at least four weeks, Scotland’s Sports Governing Bodies CEOs Forum – the bosses of 38 Scottish sports associations – wrote to the …….

Source: https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/sport/8288337/michael-johnson-athletes-nicola-sturgeon-restrictions-indoor-sports/

SPORTS bosses tonight pleaded with Nicola Sturgeon’s government to relax an adult indoor activities ban after top athletes hit out at the “illogical” curbs.

Olympic 200m and 400m legend Michael Johnson was among those to express disbelief at the rules, which mean events where runners aren’t in different lanes are prohibited.

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Michael Johnson is the former world record holder in 200m and 400mCredit: PA:Press Association

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The ban will last for at least four weeksCredit: Alamy

Dozens of other sports – including five-a-side footie, netball, boxing and squash – learned last week the Scotland-only ban would last at least four weeks rather than three, despite th…….

SPORTS bosses tonight pleaded with Nicola Sturgeon’s government to relax an adult indoor activities ban after top athletes hit out at the “illogical” curbs.

Olympic 200m and 400m legend Michael Johnson was among those to express disbelief at the rules, which mean events where runners aren’t in different lanes are prohibited.

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Michael Johnson is the former world record holder in 200m and 400mCredit: PA:Press Association

2

The ban will last for at least four weeksCredit: Alamy

Dozens of other sports – including five-a-side footie, netball, boxing and squash – learned last week the Scotland-only ban would last at least four weeks rather than three, despite th…….

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