"Fear of the pandemic does not outweigh the will to compete"

"Fear of the pandemic does not outweigh the will to compete"


After the 1st Division draw was known, RC Lousã is back in training, with all precautions and with confidence in the future.
After several months without competing, the pandemic does not seem to scare the athletes, nor the parents of the younger ones. After carrying out the medical exams, last Saturday, Ricardo Rodrigues, sports director of the Beira, explained to DIÁRIO AS BEIRAS that “there were still some athletes missing, because they were on vacation, but there was even greater demand in the schools”.
The club designed a contingency plan, with several measures, such as circuits in the stadium, disinfection, temperature measurements, etc. “We managed to get the message across that this is a safe thing. We have a staff that is not only technical but also a manager who is very committed to making sure that things go well, ”adds the manager.
Training has started for seniors, under-18s and yesterday for under-16s. By the end of the week, the remaining echelons return to the activity, being that "only for seniors there is contact training and for everyone else there are many constraints".
What is certain is that, at this time, “after a very long stop, everyone came with great desire and are looking forward to the competition”, guarantees Ricardo Rodrigues.
In seniors, the return to competition is scheduled for the weekend of October 10 and 11, at home, against Braga Rugby.
It is the start of a championship with different molds, adapted to the covid-19 pandemic.
“The clubs proposed and the board accepted a model with a first phase of two regional groups, with only one lap; a 2nd phase with the six best to discuss the champion qualification, already two laps, as well as the remaining four to discuss maintenance; and a third play-off phase, with the top four in the semi-finals and finals, ”says RC Lousã's sporting director.

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