Samante: How are we now?

Game on

AFTER all the weeks and months cooped in our homes, waiting for developments in the conduct of sports events, there seems to be no better ending on the horizon for everyone. While most have adapted to online activities, nothing still beats the challenge of training and competitions, professional and amateur alike.

For professional athletes, only basketball has successfully staged a return to competitions. With the recent 3x3 event and the ongoing PBA Philippine Cup in "bubbles," it has served as the working template for the conduct of professional sports events. It will only be a matter of time before other sports follow suit.

In the meantime, pro-athletes not into basketball are being limited by the IATF guidelines for training. What makes "bubble" games a challenge is how to keep infections and transmissions at bay.

The PBA had a Covid-19 scare that threatened to cancel the just restarted conference. Luckily, those PUIs were tested negative for the virus.

For amateur sports, the national athletes have been training and preparing for the Olympics. It has been the constant call of the PSC for the athletes.

The athletes never stopped preparing, some even winning online competitions.

Incidentally, these athletes are also clueless as to when their preparations will bear fruit since there has been no definite plan for the Olympic Games' resumption.

Heavily affected by the pandemic are the student-athletes and their coaches. Most student-athletes have already missed one playing year of their eligibility. I was looking to seeing my 10-year-old son try for the school basketball team; his chance never came this year as with other young hopefuls.

The coaches still have no work and have resorted to doing other tasks and jobs to stay afloat in this pandemic. Lucky for those coaches able to make ends meet, some are not so fortunate, though.

Commendable is the support being extended by coaches to fellow coaches, buying from one another, sharing resources that can turn to profit, supporting fellow coaches, etc.

In two months, 2020 will end, but we will still feel the effect of the pandemic. By January 1, we hope that everything will magically turn around as if the virus never happened, and we all return to everything pre-Covid.

If this does not hold, what we have now is our reality. We need to start adapting. We cannot just wait and see; we have to take control.


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