School sports governing body pushes fall decision back another two weeks

By Michael Boriero – Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Universities and colleges will need to wait until September 14 to find out the fate of fall sports as the Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) continues to mull over its options.
The elementary, high school, college and university sectors are all aligned now and prepared to work together to bring extracurricular activities and school sports back under a coherent plan following the province’s health and safety measures.
Quebec Premier François Legault recently announced the government’s intention to bring sports back in the fall, despite the uncertainty surrounding the return to school and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
According to a press release, all of the RSEQ’s sports schedules will need to be modified. They also need to match Quebec’s public health directives and the recommendations of the Ministry of Education.
“Regardless of what happens they’ll have to come out with a modified schedule and that’s really what we’ll be waiting for, but I guess, the way I interpret it, it’s ultimately up to health and safety, the ministry and then for the RSEQ and us,” said Marty Rourke.
Rourke, the head coach of the Bishop’s University golf team, explained to The Record that his athletes were supposed to be participating in their first tournament on Monday. However, everything remains delayed, as golf events need to respect physical distancing.
Bishop’s athletes are slowly starting to make their way onto campus, but there haven’t been any official activities conducted by the university’s sports teams. According to Rourke, that will likely happen after September 8.
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