The sports world celebrates the announced return of matches and competitions and hopes to no longer relive major sporting restrictions like those imposed for two years.
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It was time to celebrate in the offices of the Tournoi international de hockey pee-wee de Québec. General manager Patrick Dom made a stir after the Prime Minister announced that matches would resume on 14 February and competitions and tournaments would resume on 28 February. “I am definitely the happiest man in Quebec. “I think a lot of young people are waiting for news like this with an established calendar that brings all sports together,” he said. “Finally, we see the light at the end of the tunnel.”
Happy that he decided to postpone the tournament to May rather than cancel the February edition, he said the phone had not been ringing since the announcement and many teams raised their hands to participate, “if our teams are missing.
We can hold the tournament at full capacity from May 1-15, rejoicing and promising to be “festive”.
At Sports Quebec, which started the #OnVeutJouer movement, there was a “relaxation” yesterday, according to Isabelle Ducharme, general manager. Our motto: Now we will play. “The good news is we have histories and rosters. That’s what we wanted.” He says the sports community has learned to adapt to instructions in recent years.
“The sporting world has gone to great lengths to allow athletes to train in conditions that are not normal but allow them to continue their activity,” he recalls. Now he hopes this will be the last gasp of the pandemic. “We promised we could always adapt and face challenges, and we will keep going. But I can tell you it is everyone’s greatest wish that there were no more waves.”
Jean-Noël Corriveau, deputy director of the excellence program at Rouge et Or at Laval University, welcomes the “very good news”. The late start of the matches during the university season causes quite a headache. We have to “reschedule” calendars. But college organizations will not count the hours to “let student-athletes play as much as possible. They’ve lost enough.
For Mr Corriveau, this end of sports confinement must be the last. “The reason is more about going to the championship. To enable student-athletes to experience their passion, sport. It is a part of their daily lives and life balance.
Patrick Dom thinks, “To go back, I don’t like to dream about it. I live with hope from what he’s telling us today.”
Gustave Roel, president and CEO of the Quebec Student Sports Network, reminds us that the message from Public Health is that we will need to learn to live with the virus. “The message, for example, is to say: we are confident in your ability to manage the mask wisely. I’m confident.”
He recalls that “very few” outbreaks occurred in student sports. “There are lessons learned in the last two years.” The good news for him is that the game is back for all the athletes in Quebec. “We do not discriminate by class. Easier.”
We also welcomed these slackening in Quebec Hockey and Soccer Quebec, which expressed their joy on social networks, with the latter describing everything as “very good news”.
The mayor of Quebec, who begs for the resumption of sports among youth, expressed his satisfaction on Twitter. “This is very good news for our young people and parents, who will be starting sports again soon, to encourage their children by going to the stands again. I am very pleased with this de-quarantine plan that François Legault presented today.
Isabelle Charest, Minister of Education for Sports and Entertainment, was pleased with the result. “Thanks to the collaboration between public health, my team, and sports and entertainment partners, we were able to announce the resumption of matches and competitions,” he responded in writing. I am very proud that we put the interests and safety of young people first and that we are able to provide the sports community with the predictability they want from us. I urge athletes and women to continue to set an example as they have been since the beginning of the pandemic.