Special Olympics Bahamas stages walkathon; suspends activities

Following its awareness walkathon, which was held this past Saturday, Special Olympics Bahamas has made a decision, in line with what is happening with sporting events in the country, in general, to postpone specific items on its calendar of events until further notice. This includes all sports training activities with immediate effect.

“This is in keeping with precautionary measures being implemented by various government ministries, local sports federations and associations, and sporting bodies, as well as safety protocols being followed by many Olympic programs globally,” said Special Olympics Bahamas National Director Gilbert Williams. “We join the various authorities in encouraging each individual to follow all of the recommended safety measures/guidelines that have been designed to minimize the spread of the virus and keep us all safe. We will continue to monitor the situation and will advise once a decision has been made to resume our regular training. Thank you all for your support.”

Following the revelation of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic reaching The Bahamas with the country’s first positive test over the weekend, the Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC) has called for a suspension of all sporting activities in the country. Those sentiments were echoed by Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis in his national address on Sunday night. Additionally, schools have been closed and various public gatherings have either been called off or limited to a guest list of 50.

Williams said it’s imperative that the Special Olympics Bahamas organization inclusive of coaches, volunteers, athletes and family support network members, follows that lead as a part of the COVID-19 safety protocols.

According to reports, Special Olympics Bahamas’ final social event prior to the nationwide shutdown on sporting activities, the awareness walkathon, produced the desired results. The walkathon ended with a pep rally in Rawson Square, where a number of Special Olympics Bahamas athletes addressed the audience. Other presenters were Andrew Gomez, sibling of bocce athlete Aaron Gomez, and Townsley Roberts representing the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD).

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