Sports Vs. Covid : Match Of The Century!

 

Covid has deeply impacted everyone world wide including the sports world. An athlete who normally trains vigorously and puts their body’s to the limit daily have succumbed to the unpleasant part of this pandemic. Even local sports clubs were greatly affected including Montreal here is how.

According to The Canadian Press, “All group sports activities in Quebec’s red zones will suspended until at least Oct. 28 as the provincial government tries to prevent the continued explosion of COVID-19 cases.”

All group sports activities in Quebec’s red zones will suspended until at least Oct. 28 as the provincial government tries to prevent the continued explosion of COVID-19 cases.”

— Canadian Press

Ever since sports were suspended  last year on October 5, 2020 sports have not been the same in Montreal. All local sports clubs in Montreal were forced to close. They then pivoted to offering zoom classes to train their athletes. They then tried to start a season which had so many restrictions which did not last long as the athletes were accused of being transmitters as they had close contact to other players which led back to zoom sessions. During the summer it felt normal as all clubs were back to normal but then again that did not last long. Currently many clubs continue to struggle as most of their athletes are not double vaccinated and can not continue to play.

 

Athletes were necessarily affected during covid. The vaccine passport also has sparked reaction: “Well it made me realize that soccer was a big part of my life. I really missed practicing and enjoying myself with my teammates. I was lucky enough though to not miss much, but it still disappointed me that I wasn’t able to play the sport I loved,” says one such athlete.

Many other athletes interviewed all had a commonality of frustration regarding the most difficult covid protocol restriction enforced which was when they were forced to play with a mask.

 

On a positive note, however, The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, has said ʺthe restricted access and temporary closure of many sport facilities, recreation centres and schools has made it challenging for families to develop and maintain healthy lifestyles and for youth to learn new skills and build friendships. The new Community Sport for All initiative will support those most affected, and provide thousands of Canadians with the opportunity to participate in affordable, organized sport activities and programs in communities across the country.” This program has been implemented to bring back athletes who were on the bench for way too long.

We hope that these initiatives and lifted restrictions will build back better sports enthusiasm in athletes and their fans.