Olympic legend Michael Johnson expresses disbelief at Nicola Sturgeon’s ongoing Covid curbs on sports in S… – The Scottish Sun

OLYMPIC legend Michael Johnson has expressed disbelief at ongoing Covid curbs on sports in Scotland.

The former world record holder in 200m and 400m retweeted a frustrated Scots athlete who had hit out at the continuing ban on adult indoor non-professional ‘contact’ sports.

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

Athletics is among those affected as Scottish Government-backed guidance insists that track running is effectively a contact sport due to a lack of social distancing.

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.

The restrictions have led to mounting frustration, with Scottish Athletics boss David Ovens saying his sport “has again been the victim of a disproportionate policy response”.

Several top Scottish athletes have hit out, including Jenny Selman – Scotland’s third fastest women’s 800m runner last year – with disruption expected to the Scottish national indoor championships in Glasgow’s Emirates Arena on January 22.

Selman posted three images on Twitter of people boozing in a bar, a football crowd, and two women running on an indoor track.

She 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.”


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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. 

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.

On December 21, Ms Sturgeon told parliament: “We intend to issue guidance to the effect that non-professional indoor contact sports for adults should not take place during the three week period from 26 December. This is because these activities, where physical distancing is not possible, also create a heightened risk of transmission.”

A Scottish Government spokesperson said: “We fully understand the importance of sport to both physical and mental health and sympathise with those affected by the current restrictions on indoor sport.

“Although we are seeing some grounds for optimism, the impact …….

Source: https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/sport/8288337/michael-johnson-disbelief-nicola-sturgeons-covid-curbs-sports/

OLYMPIC legend Michael Johnson has expressed disbelief at ongoing Covid curbs on sports in Scotland.

The former world record holder in 200m and 400m retweeted a frustrated Scots athlete who had hit out at the continuing ban on adult indoor non-professional ‘contact’ sports.

1

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

Athletics is among those affected as Scottish Government-backed guidance insists that track running is effectively a contact sport due to a lack of social distancing.

Dozens of other sports – including five-a-side footie, netball, boxing and squash – learned last week the Scotland-only ban would la…….

OLYMPIC legend Michael Johnson has expressed disbelief at ongoing Covid curbs on sports in Scotland.

The former world record holder in 200m and 400m retweeted a frustrated Scots athlete who had hit out at the continuing ban on adult indoor non-professional ‘contact’ sports.

1

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

Athletics is among those affected as Scottish Government-backed guidance insists that track running is effectively a contact sport due to a lack of social distancing.

Dozens of other sports – including five-a-side footie, netball, boxing and squash – learned last week the Scotland-only ban would la…….

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