The number of training athletes in the judo of the Academic Association of Coimbra (AAC) has dropped 80% this season due to the covid-19 pandemic, the section's president, Filipe Nuno Rosa, told Lusa.
"As it is a modality of direct contact and with the rules imposed by the Directorate-General for Health, the reduction in the number of athletes was very significant," said the director.
At the start of the sports season, which coincides with the beginning of the school year, the Académica's judo section counted 120 athletes in training, from four to 14 years old, when the previous season registered 550 children and young people.
The training sessions were spread over 20 centers, but with the resurgence of the covid-19 they started to be taught in only four of the city of Coimbra: St. Paul’s School, Aquário Kindergarten, Colégio Bissaya Barreto and at the AAC facilities.
Until the new state of emergency decree, the training was always in person, with the "scrupulous compliance" of the rules of the University of Coimbra and DGS, but then the training started to be remotely through digital platforms.
"We had to readapt and give online training, promoting the technical part and the Competition League and demonstrations of technique and physical exercises and continuing the technical work of preparing for the graduation exam", underlined the section president.
According to Filipe Nuno Rosa, the formation participated in children's tournaments that this season ceased to exist, so it was necessary to internally create online competition leagues among athletes from the four training centers.
“This stopping situation is very serious and a tragedy for the sport, which is due to the practice of contact, the training of the technique with partners and respect for space,” he said.
Athletes 'parents also highlight the negative impact of the pandemic on the athletes' evolution and lack of socialization, which leads to demotivation.