Dear Editor: It’s time to safely reopen all organized outdoor sports

0


‘[…] Organized outdoor sports leagues, both professional and amateur, have been reopened around the world, and I’d like someone to show where this has led to the kind of spread associated with bars, gyms or even churches and churches. religious gatherings …

‘[…] Our players, coaches, administrators, facility managers, janitors, pitch attendants, etc. should all be aware of the main reasons why outdoor sports need to be closed while bars, gyms, cinemas and churches are allowed to operate… ”

The following letter to the editor was submitted to Wired868 by Brian K. Jordan, Tournament President of Next Level Consulting Limited:

Photo: Coach Kishan Geelal (right) leads a QPCC Academy training session at St Joseph’s Convent Ground in St Clair on Wednesday December 2.
(Copyright Wired868)

Having spent nearly a decade between the Pro League, High School Football League and now as the Main Sponsor and Tournament Chair of the Next Level Consulting Limited U19 Community Invitational Tournament, I feel compelled to firmly express that we We must organize ourselves as actors for the reopening of organized outdoor sports activities security.

Our youth football tournament started in 2019 and ran from December of the same year to March 2020. Our mission is to enable young people to play an additional three months of football in a home and away environment. , enabling their continuous development and giving them a platform towards higher education or as professional athletes. The tournament took place in communities across Trinidad, and we had teams in Tobago who applied to participate this season.

Fortunately, we were able to wrap up last season before Covid-19 shut down the country last year. Naturally, as we are a security-focused entity, we delayed the new season from December 2020 until April 2021, with the hope that once the bars, restaurants, gyms, cinemas and churches reopened, we would soon see the resumption. outdoor sports.

Taking nothing for granted, on behalf of our committee, I submitted strict Covid-19 protocols / guidelines to the Chief Medical Officer (CMO), which our tournament would need to follow to receive a waiver or preliminary approval.

Photo: Ministry of Health CMO Dr Roshan Parasram.

My first letter was sent by email after the Prime Minister authorized the resumption of training for the national team. I explained that most of our young national players would participate in the tournament. We further stressed that this would help them in their preparation for national duty.

After several email follow-ups and unanswered phone calls, we were finally told that as non-national players would be participating in the league as well, we were unable to resume at that time.

On January 14, knowing that we had an Australian partner who wanted to release the games online to a global audience, and a local partner interested in broadcasting the games locally, we wrote to the CMO again, with an even stricter list of Covid -19. protocols. We have requested feedback and a Zoom meeting, to enable two-way communication to kick off in April 2021.

It’s late March and I just got an email basically asking that the letter sent on January 14 be returned with my signature for review.

This shocking news is sad for all of us in sports. Sadly, our hopes of hiring more sponsors and not depending on the government for financial aid were once again crippled by the same government we had hoped not to rely on. What cruel irony.

2020.07.03: During TTFA Senior Men’s National Team practice, St. James Police Station, St. James. Photo: Allan V. Crane / CA-images

Suffice it to say that this email from the office of the CMO and Technical Director of the Epidemiology Division, Dr Avery Hinds, recently said that the recent spike in Covid-19 cases correlated with the increase to 22 people authorized in places of recreation, urged me to appeal to our leaders and sports players to come together and help us move towards the reopening of organized sports.

Now, if bars, restaurants, and churches are proven to be a source of the spread, then by all means cut back on these activities. Organized outdoor sports leagues, both professional and amateur, have been reopened around the world, and I’d like someone to show where this has led to the kind of spread associated with bars, gyms or even churches and churches. religious gatherings.

Without this data, I think it is high time for all outdoor sport players to come together and responsibly develop a plan, which the OJC office should be able to review and approve or modify to allow safe reopening. organized outdoor activities. sporting activities.

Our players, coaches, administrators, facility managers, janitors, field workers, etc. should all be aware of the main reasons why outdoor sports need to be closed while bars, gyms, cinemas and churches are allowed to operate.

Photo: A bartender prepares a drink.
(by Jiawei Zhao via Unsplash)

Bar owners formed the Bar Owners Association and loudly protested their continued closure. Some received compensation and were then allowed to reopen. Churches and their members have received funds to compensate for their closure by the government. Has each segment of the sports fraternity been adequately compensated for the continued closure?

We all have families and deserve the same responsible financial and scientific consideration as any other industry. At the very least, we deserve direct communication. It is time to come together and make our voices heard so that our athletes leave as safely as possible. This is the least we can expect at this point.


Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.