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B.C. to declare the return of school-based sports games Friday

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  • Advocates not happy regarding the announcement suspects protection to protect children will disappoint.
  • The senior girls’ basketball squad at Seaquam Secondary School in Delta, B.C., is coached by Lucky Toor.
  • B.C.’s education ministry stated that letting team-based sports games resume is arriving Friday. 

School-based sports tournaments to start Friday: 

For school sports matches, it’s competition on.

B.C.’s education ministry stated a piece of information is coming Friday about the return of team-based school sports games, suspended in the front of the more-transmissible Omicron variant.

The ministry offered no precise details in an emailed comment to CBC News. Still, it said the report will “allow team-based tournaments to restart, providing all school-based health and safety procedures are in place at all match venues.” Source – cbc.ca

“We are thankful for the extraordinary work launched at this time by everyone in our education system to provide programs like sports games can persist for students, while staying dedicated to keeping in-class learning as our top priority,” the report read. Source – cbc.ca

The tournament has been revoked since Dec 21 as a part of a broader set of public health regulations sought at restraining the spread of the Omicron variant.

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School based sports games to start Friday announcement to be done by BC

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry declared that youth sports would be permitted to go on at a press conference on Jan 25 as more kids continue to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

However, the Ministry of Health later explained that only community-based sports games would return, with matches scheduled by schools still limited.

‘Pins and needles’

The school game prohibition led to an outcry from multiple parents. An online petition that began the previous week reaching for the ban to be reversed has collected over 13,000 signatures as of Thursday evening.

“I am not surprised at all in any way, shape, or form,” stated petition-starter Tricia Joseph, a Richmond parent of two high school basketball players, when questioned regarding the many signatures. Source – cbc.ca

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