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Apr 15, 2021

Athletes Want to Train for Tournaments

While changes to Statutory Instrument number forty-three of 2021 extending weekend curfew hours is no doubt welcomed by some, there has been a swift response from the sporting community, many of whom are outraged they are still not being factored into the relaxing of COVID-19 guidelines.  Casinos and gambling establishments are now allowed to open, but no mention is made in the S.I. of any amendments to the ban on sporting activities.  While non-contact sports are currently permitted, contact sports athletes are still being sidelined.  Over the past twenty-four hours, a number of athletes have taken to social media to voice their discontent.  One member of the Belize National Volleyball selection, Bryton Codd, says upcoming tournaments have caused him to speak out.

 

Bryton Codd

Bryton Codd, National Team Athlete

“From the very onset I want to make it unequivocally clear that we have not been training or practicing from last year when the lockdown began. That is because of the pandemic of course. Of course, when there was a decrease of numbers we could play back for a month under strict regulations. So, the regulations and abiding by that as athletes we have done that before. So, we know exactly how to continue doing this with the pandemic. So now that the numbers are going down, we were thinking they were going to ease some of the restrictions to allow us to train again. Because, we all have tournaments that we must attend this year. We have already missed an entire year from not playing sports because of the pandemic. And the opening of the casinos we can clearly see it is a health hazard because of the central air condition system, there is no proper ventilation, people are going to be smoking in casinos, drinking, you are going to be to touching machines that other people are touching. So you have to have continued sanitization. We have already done all these things in the athletics world to show that we can continue to play sports and we are not even being considered by the Government. And, what is even more mind boggling is the fact that we are not being communicated to as athletes by the Government, even though we have sent in our health regulation guidelines that we want to be implemented for our sports.”

 

We reached out to the Minister of Sports, Youths and E-Governance, Kevin Bernard, who told us he will be available for comment on Friday. 


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