With the novel coronavirus pandemic approaching the seven-month mark and as the island remains in Pandemic Condition of Readiness 1, Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero recently signed an executive order allowing golf, tennis, scuba diving and gyms to resume activity. In a subsequent order, the governor paved the way for sports organizations to submit startup plans for noncontact training to the Department of Public Health and Social Services.
As tennis players, golfers, denizens of the deep and sporting organizations rejoiced, the executive orders gave the island’s sports chiefs hope that interscholastic competition may be nearing, although the government gave no indication when that might happen.
“Having been in lockdown for four weeks, five weeks, any news concerning the ability for students” to participate in sports “is uplifting information,” said Terry Debold, the president of the Independent Interscholastic Athletic Association of Guam, the nonprofit organization that manages private school sports. “It’s great,