The Americas region generally has been hit hard by the effects of the global pandemic and the restrictions placed upon sporting activities.
Americas Rugby League Regional Manager, Romeo Monteith has looked at the prospects for 2022 across the region and is cautiously optimistic about the coming months.
“I think COVID, and its various restrictions are our new normal, at least for the next 2-3 years.” Said Monteith, “Most countries in our region have had a phased return to community sports in some form or shape, but some countries are yet to see the resumption of rugby league.
“Members who were able to play in 2021 are likely to execute their Championships again in 2022, USA, Canada and Brazil have all done well to get back on the field.”
Other nations have not been as fortunate, however the recent announcement of a phased return to training and some games in Jamaica is very welcome.
Monteith continued his assessment of the region saying, “It’s way too early to be sure of what will happen in countries such as Chile who are yet to resume their domestic championship, there are still many restrictions and COVID remains a significant issue, however, as one of our affiliate members with high hopes of participating strongly in RLWC qualification, they have started training sessions for both men and women. Their plan is to re-start their domestic competitions and they are even thinking about a representative programme if not this year, then next.
“Our Observer members Colombia and El Salvador are still re-building their capacity. However, we do expect to see the start of the Colombia championship with an expanded number of participants and El Salvador are planning to host a training camp to launch activity for the year.
“In spite of all the problems, I do think there is a strong chance that we will see some international games across the region, once we see sufficient easing in restrictions.”