Thursday 6 August, 2020

Bajan footballers have their say on COVID-19

(File Photo)

(File Photo)

COVID-19 continues to make its presence felt around the globe, affecting all spheres of life from entertainment to environment, business to sports, hospitality to education. 

One of the most significant hits due to the virus has been the European football leagues, which coincides with the business sector, and according to a number of the professional clubs the leagues’ suspensions have affected their financial accounts considerably.

While for the players, some of who were infected (Pablo Dybala, Blaise Matuidi, Daniele Rugani) they just miss, doing what they love most.

The virus’ impact on Barbados has also interfered with local football leagues, leaving players and fans almost in a state of bewilderment about what to do until the lovely game returns.

Some of the players; male and female spoke to Loop Sports and shared their sentiments about COVID-19 and its impact on the island and the football environment.

Footballers speak on COVID-19 in Barbados

Raheim Sargeant

The virus has affected everyone globally but it is not something we should fear. Let’s follow the guidelines that are given by our government and the World Health Organization (WHO), which can contain the spread of this pandemic virus.

Tough times don’t last but tough people do. Let’s not see it as being quarantined but as a time to bring us closer to our families.

Not being able to play is hard but, it is what we do during this time that is going to be very important. Let’s use it as a time to reflect and condition our bodies.

 

Jomo Harris

It is a very scary situation. I personally think that Barbadians should take it seriously and educate themselves about the virus and acknowledge the “stay at home” policy.

There has been a lot of concern expressed by the players about the virus and they’re not keen on training in numbers.

The virus has caused the league to stop for a while and that’s frustrating because I know both players and fans look forward to matches each weekend.

 

Amber de Silvia 

Ut is extremely sad what is happening, especially when you look at what’s happening in Italy and Spain and their death rate.

Then the global economy; how will it recover?

We need to work together. I just hope everyone plays their part- good hygiene and social distancing.

The impact on football is massive; football is a team sport and a social game. It (the down time) gives players the chance to train on their own and work on their weaknesses.

I do believe after this hope and appreciation will be born. Appreciation for playing, training with team mates and scrimmages.

 

Asha Stevenson

I think the virus has placed a pause on everything relating to football growth. Some players will still continue to train at home but it may not compare to squad training.

After this passes I don’t think it will affect us much because when training resumes, nothing else will be on the players’ mind but football.

I believe we should be more careful with our hygiene practices but not to the extent that it interrupts the game.

Roshon Gittens

I’m quite shocked at how the virus just came and upset everything and it has even disrupted humanity. It is just horrible so far.

COVID-19 has broken the hearts of all footballers and football fans as we now have to wait together. However, in this moment I see a positive where in this time we can all sit and reflect on things we need to improve on.

I think it really makes us appreciate life a lot more and it allows us to tighten bonds.

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