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Samante: What now?

Game On

ONE year into the pandemic, the end is still not in sight. We are back to square one; it seems with the reinstatement of ECQ’s, etc. It is not only the Philippines reeling from this development of the pandemic; the whole world is.

Even with the vaccines’ presence, the new strains and variants of the virus make it challenging to combat. And with all these difficulties, sports has again proven to be resilient in adapting to the changes.

Professional leagues are conducted all over. NBA, MLB, F1, UFC, to name a few. These are big sports organizations thriving in the pandemic. When this pandemic started, we were already looking into how we can adjust and adapt to continue enjoying the games. Now is the time to seriously consider those plans and thoughts.

With the rate things are going, there is no more going back to the”old” normal. We have to look into the future of a “new” normal with this virus threat.

Even with the vaccines, their efficacy in containing the new variants and strains is still untested.

As we look into the “new” normal, sports leaders must continue exploring ways to sustain the gains.

Online platforms are utilized well since the start of the pandemic. How more can we further maximize its use?

Networking and communication have become better because of online platforms too. How can we capitalize on new networks formed? Virtual events are becoming the trend. Is this the way to go in event organizing?

These three questions are essential moving forward. It gets us thinking about resources and optimum utilization of these for the benefit of all. Invest in an online platform that allows for maximum reach.

It should be user-friendly for the host and the end-users. Continue creating networks as well as nurturing the ones you already have. As sports leaders, virtual events are the way to go, coaching seminars and fora, sports events, etc.

We need to transition our event organizing skills from the real world to an online environment.

It is not yet too late. We have to keep on talking and throwing ideas at each other. It is a big part of the beauty of engaging in sports. We may have different sports disciplines, and we are bound by the common need to interact and learn from each other. It is what makes sports enjoyable.


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