By Clifton RossWITH Guyana joining the entire world on lockdown following the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, National Sports Commission (NSC) Director of Sport, Christopher Jones, said local sports associations have been very supportive of the measures taken to protect athletes and Guyanese alike.Jones told Chronicle Sport, on Thursday during an interview, that amidst the current situation which has flung the world into a state of indefinite isolation, that the local sport organisations have responded well to the ongoing state of lockdown.INTERNATIONAL sport leagues like the National Basketball Association (NBA), National Football League (NFL) and National Baseball League (NBL) among others, have called curtains on their season while shelving any upcoming events set for within the next 3 months.Soon after sports took a global hiatus, the NSC made the right call on March 16 to shut all their facilities for a period of two weeks for the sole purpose of sanitising the venues. The process was helpful as Guyanese in general commenced their self-isolation/purification process, a trend which has been a global response to avoid spreading/contracting the virus.Popular venues like the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, National Gymnasium, National Aquatic Centre, Colgrain Pool, and the National Racquet/Sports Resource Centre were among the premier spots that locked doors for the sanitisation procedure.Despite the pause in action locally, Jones said he was pleased by the support received by the various sporting bodies as they seek to make the environment safer for athletes and fans in the future.“Essentially, the associations are very supportive of the move, even before we took action some of them were querying about possible actions in light of Covid-19 outbreak”, said the Director of Sport.Regarding the initiative shown by the respective associations who were keen to lend advice or make proposals, Jones commended the teamwork shown between the various entities and the NSC during this period of much-needed team work.“Most of these bodies were already making their own preparations, because they were also preparing for different regional events before they closed and since our facilities were shut, we have had no challenges thus far. The associations continue to be very supportive of the move as we all continue to watch and practice our social distancing together”Jones pointed out.The NSC head further explained that the sanitization process has been successful as the facilities continue to be under strict lockdown, with the social-distancing policy also coming into effect with minimal to no visitation of the venues by unauthorized persons.“When we locked down, we did complete sanitisation at all our venues. We then had a complete lockdown with no staff traversing in the sterile playing areas. Also we have had staff who are rotating although there is no need for staff to be there for about 80 per cent of the times”. Jones confirmed.