The 56th Quebec Games Final is canceled
Another activity must be canceled due to the current pandemic crisis. The 56th Finale des Jeux du Québec, which was scheduled to take place in Rivière-du-Loup from March 4 to 12, will not take place.
It was SportsQuébec, the Ministry of Education, the City of Rivière-du-Loup and the Organizing Committee for the 56th Final who made the announcement on Monday. It is said that this decision was made to protect the health and safety of athletes, staff and volunteers, as well as community members, following the significant increase in COVID-19 cases in the province. .
No gatherings allowed
The government of Quebec does not allow any large events inside. On average, the Quebec Games Finals take place over ten days, welcome more than 3,300 athletes from 19 regions, 2,500 volunteers and 18 provincial sports competitions, not to mention the spectators and partners present.
Indoor sports competitions are also banned until further notice. To date, within the framework of the Regional Games, only 16% of sports qualifications have been completed and the deadline for holding qualifications is February 13, 2022. A return to training before the competition is essential to ensure preparation adequate athletes, it seems unlikely that qualifications can be held within these deadlines.
A puzzle to organize
Without the necessary authorizations, the provincial transport of the 3,300 athletes to the host environment in buses filled to maximum capacity as well as the accommodation of participants and missionaries in classrooms is impossible to be coordinated while respecting the measures in force.
In addition, with restaurant dining rooms closed, which includes cafeterias, the pandemic greatly complicates food management, which represents an average of 6,000 meals a day during a Quebec Games Final.
Isabelle Charest, Minister for Education, responsible for leisure and sport issues, is aware of the effect of this decision on young athletes.
Sports programs that motivate our young people, including the Quebec Games, are a priority for the Quebec government. We are aware of the importance they have for the Quebec community and the motivation of young people. I want to tell young athletes to keep their heads up and not let go. Sport teaches us to surpass ourselves, beyond our limits and the obstacles that stand in our way.
Isabelle Charest, Minister responsible for Education, responsible for leisure and sport issues
Various options will be evaluated over the coming weeks. The viability of postponing the Quebec Games Final in Rivière-du-Loup to March 2023 will be assessed in particular.