An improvised shower, in the open air, with a water jet, and in public, on the edge of the Saint-Jory field. It is an understatement to say that the players of the TEC reserve team (Toulouse Electrogaz Club) have been talked about since Sunday. The photo of young men with their buttocks in the air has been around social networks but above all brought to light an unexpected consequence of the coronavirus epidemic.
“We let the players touch each other, mingle, mingle for 80 minutes, but to wash yourself, you have to forget, comments Philippe Bapt, president of this Honor Promotion club for 6 years and… Covid referent. “I understand the constraints of the health emergency”. he adds, well aware that a closed place such as a locker room can facilitate the spread of the virus.
The end of the dreaded amateur sport
He only regrets “the infantilization and the disempowerment”. “No solution was considered,” he says. No exchange initiated with the leaders on what could be put in place. “And while winter arrives, Philippe Bapt now fears a solution” simplistic “of the governing bodies: the cessation of sport.
Engaged for many years in the associative fabric, he points out the harmful consequences that this could have. “Sport today makes it possible to educate, socialize and channel young people. If that stops, we risk having a rise in incivility. “And Philippe Bapt to wonder:” Would players have dared to wash in the open air? “The Covid has changed habits, rugby is not spared.
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