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Representing the Outaouais at the Quebec Games in March 2022, possible dream or utopia?

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.

Representing the Outaouais at the Quebec Games in March 2022, possible dream or utopia?

The speed skating athletes who will represent Outaouais at the 56th Finale des Jeux du Québec in Rivière-du-Loup.

Photo: Radio-Canada

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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