NOPSSCEA games still on hold

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Sports competitions and activities of the Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports, Cultural and Educational Association remain on hold as the coronavirus crisis continues as a health concern in the community.

Mark Molina, NOPSSCEA president and executive vice president of STI-West Negros University, said the freeze in the sports activities is also because of the suspension of regional and national competitions.

Competitions of NOPSSCEA athletes, like these 2019 men’s track and field champions, have been placed on hold due to the coronavirus crisis.

“There are no higher sports events to look forward to right now, so our association’s thrust, in the meantime, is to sustain the educational component of our programs,” he said.

Also suspended are the cultural events of the association, since like sports tournaments, they gather big crowds.

As to the employment status of sports  team coaches, Molina said the association has left the matter to the discretion of the administration of member schools, considering that sports trainings and meets have been suspended, adding that the situation is similar nationwide.

The restrictions have put trainings on hold even in bigger organizations, like the Private Schools Athletic Association.

“We just have to wait until everyone is secure so that we can resume our sports activities,” Molina further said.

In the meantime, we just have to abide with the policies guidelines set by the Inter-Agency Task Force, the Department of Education, the Commission on Higher Education and other appropriate authorities, the NOPSSCEA official also said. – MML