Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the National Institute for Youths and Sports (NIYS) has closed its gates to the public, annulling all sporting activities.
The campus is now marked with empty fields, few people in gymnasiums, and no athletes in sight on playgrounds. The usual crowd seen during this period has decreased.
In secretariats, registration forms are empty. As a result, the NIYS situated at Ngoa-ekele, Yaounde has closed its gates to holiday camps. Mr. Mbakaba in charge of discipline says, ‘‘there will be no holiday camps this year’’.
Since then, no one is welcome apart from students, teachers, and the administration on the campus. ‘‘It is necessary to respect the social distancing decreed by government’’, explains Mr Djowouo, a baseball teacher. Therefore, the suspension of sports activities has repercussions on the mindsets of youths who usually come for leisure.
This situation has not only affected sport lovers. In essence, students schooling at the sports institute no longer have classes on the campus.
According to administrative officials, all their courses have been diverted to online platforms in a bid to avoid the propagation of the virus.
It should be recalled that the halting of sports activities at the NIYS follows the March 17 decree signed by Prime Minister Joseph DION NGUTE in which he suspends all sports activities in schools and universities in other to curb the pandemic.
Thus the resumption of the different activities is going to take place after the covid 19 and the access to the public progressively as things change.