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Apr 16, 2021

Sports Community Host Press Conference

On Thursday, one national team member aired his discontent with the recent amendments to the COVID-19 regulations, which does not give any consideration to the resumption of contact sports for training purposes.  As we reported, the sports community was planning to execute a sit in inside the Princess Casino to send a message to the Government of Belize.  Well, the community made a last-minute decision to host a press conference instead at the Black Horse Athletic Gym in Belize City.  Members of basketball, Brazilian jujitsu, softball and volleyball athletic associations joined in the call for the resumption of training.

 

Bryton Codd

Bryton Codd, Member, National Volleyball Team

“Today though we are here to continue sounding the alarm of just how much this virus has devastated the growth and development of athletes. Not only physically but also technically, fundamentally, mentally and socially, it is no secret that we have merely been surviving throughout the time span of this pandemic. Like all others we must return to thriving, whether that is by means of getting our athletes vaccinated or allowing us to train with strict health protocols and regulations.”

 

Shane Williams

Shane Williams, President, Softball Association

“Organizations around the world have put in place measures that have made the various disciplines safe to practice during the pandemic. China is ground zero for Covid-19 and yet baseball returned in China last year. So baseball returned for over a year. Softball returned shortly after. In Belize we are still not allowed to practice. We are still not allowed to play throw to throw. Softball is distance game. It is made for social distancing. We are 60 feet apart on the field. Someone must can explain to me why softball cannot return at least for practice for national level and for slow pitch recreational games.”

 

Brazilian Jujitsu Representative

“Out standpoints on what is currently happening in our country is that there must be a call to logic to people finding out the fact and truth about this pandemic. Regarding our sports as well, our sports not only serve as an outlet for people to relieve their stress. It also forms as a means of self-defense. And If anything, that media can confirm is thatsocial distancing does not stop a bad guy from hurting you. We have a lot of obstacles because what we do is awfully close contact. It is a close quarter self-defense system, so you are definitely get up and close and personal with someone.”

 

Anderson Rhys

Anderson Rhys, Light and Peace

“The reason why we were pushing so hard for practice is because we have tournaments and scheduled events that we must participate in. For my organization, Light and Peace, for the past two years I have been taking the junior team to Cleveland, Ohio so that these boys can get an opportunity to be scouted by college scouts. My tournament got thrown off last year April. We were to leave in April. This COVID thing came in March, so we got thrown off. We were preparing for months to give these boys opportunities to go for scholarships. Imagine how these boys felt. So after a while year we have been practicing in our back yard, in our kitchens, any legitimate space. Pushups, sit ups, using dumbbells. But after a while that does not cut it. Guys need to get back on the court.”


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