The organization of the competition next March therefore seems increasingly unlikely.
I find it boring; because it was a super good season this year and then everything is canceled. it’s just disappointingsays Ariel Lamarche; a 13-year-old goalkeeper selected to be part of the Outaouais ringette team.
% de nos sports qui ont des athlètes qualifiés pour les Jeux du Québec. Ce qu’il faut comprendre, c’est qu’on a jusqu’au 13février pour effectuer nos qualifications”,”text”:”Au moment où on se parle, on a à peu près 20% de nos sports qui ont des athlètes qualifiés pour les Jeux du Québec. Ce qu’il faut comprendre, c’est qu’on a jusqu’au 13février pour effectuer nos qualifications”}}”>As we speak; we have about 20% of our sports that have athletes qualified for the Quebec Games. What you have to understand is that we have until February 13 to complete our qualifications.; specifies Stéphane Bertrand; head of the Outaouais delegation for the 56th Final of the Quebec Games.
Most sports associations must have a green light by the end of January in order to establish a realistic schedule. That is without taking into account that the organizers will have to take on great challenges in the current context of a pandemic.
athlètes qui vont se présenter à Rivière-du-Loup”,”text”:”Tout ce qui est la logistique, comme le transport, l’alimentation et l’hébergement lors de la Finale des jeux, on parle de 3000athlètes qui vont se présenter à Rivière-du-Loup”}}”>Everything that is logistics; such as transport; food and accommodation during the Final of the games; we are talking about 3;000 athletes who will perform in Rivière-du-Louprecalls Mr. Bertrand.
An unattractive alternative
There is always the possibility of organizing the competition behind closed doors; but this solution is unappealing in the eyes of many athletes.
I think it is important to have your family; to have people who encourage us. If there is ever that; I think the Quebec Games are not worth it.; estimates Arnaud Cormier; a 16-year-old speed skater who has already secured his entry to be part of the Outaouais delegation.
His older brother; Mathias; participated three times in the Quebec Games between 2015 and 2019. If he has good memories of it; it is mainly because he was able to socialize with athletes from other disciplines and from other regions.
There are some who are there to compete and perform; but most of the world is there because it is a great event.says Mathias Cormier.
Result: most of the athletes have already accepted the idea of not taking the bus to Rivière-du-Loup in March. Others; however; believe that it is too early to leave the competition.
I tell myself that anything is possible; I don’t want to throw in the towel right away. I would like us to think about our young people and allow them to continue with their sport in order to grow in it.; says Sonia Bertrand; head of the women’s hockey team of the Outaouais delegation.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt sports competitions around the world; athletes in the province have little hope that the fifth wave dial will be sold out in time for the final of the 56 Games. Quebec is about to except.
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