Basketball sharpens wits to fight coronavirus (Alex Gozalbo)

Ari Ortega, Adrià Castejón and Pere Purrà are three basketball coaches that have started up the campaign Mark your play on the coronavirus, an initiative that seeks to raise € 5,000 to support Vall d’Hebron Hospital and help it fight against coronavirus. A few days after announcing their crowdfunding campaign, they have already raised almost 2,000 euros.

“The basketball coaching staff has been able to reinvent itself during confinement to continue forming and sharing content. We saw that all was very beneficial but a little endogamous and they asked us what we could do to help. to better the situation we are living in, “says Ortega, a 27-year-old coach from EU Montgat. The technicians did not want to be left folded. “Our contribution will be small but it will add up and it may help that we can get out of this situation sooner. As coaches and trainers we always have to ask ourselves what we can do to improve things,” he says.

“Our contribution will be small, but it will add”

Ari Otega Coach UE Montgat

The campaign, which has had the collaboration of players such as Ricky Rubio, Laia Palau and Helena Oma, and coaches such as Carles Duran, Jaume Ponsarnau, Joan Plaza, Ricard Casas and Fabián Téllez, has received wide distribution in the networks social. “We have come up with two lines of response. People contribute a lot to the initiative through social media, but we believe that there is more potential for it to end up materializing in the financial contribution. The world of basketball people is moving a lot of people and the time has come to do something useful, “Ortega argues that Saturday had to begin the Spanish Championship mini basketball coaching assistant collaborator of the Catalan men.

“Most of the celebrities we have contacted have an immediate, positive response,” says Ortega. The promoters of Mark your play on the coronavirus they opted for My grain of sand because Vall d’Hebron Hospital already had an open account. “So the money goes directly to them, without having to go through our hands,” argues Ortega, who emphasized the selfless collaboration that clubs such as the Feminine Sant Adrià, Bisbal Basketball and CB Parets have had.


“I am not afraid, but I do restless” (Àlex Gozalbo)

This weekend was the last day of the Endesa Women’s League, a competition that is currently suspended. Georgina Bahí, pivot of the Cadí La Seu, summarizes the disbelief with which the basketball players are living the current situation.

How are you doing these days?
Like everyone else, spending time at home doing new things and looking for a structured routine to make confinement a little easier. I do puzzles, read and I’m doing an English course. There is also time to reflect on why. The physical trainer of the Cadí La Seu is passing us weekly guidelines, but not all players have the same material or the same space at home. I try to stay in shape.

Why do you think the competition will resume or is it the duty of any elite athlete?
The second option. I think it would be crazy to re-enter the league, because at best we would have been four weeks off and we would all need a preseason to compete at an acceptable level. Foreign players left for their countries and with the mobility problems some may or may not return.

The Endesa Women’s League is very short.
Yes, most of the players contracts are over. And not only the athletes, but also the flats where they live during the season. This weekend we will have to play the last day and many of the teams will close the season. Then only the ones would be left play-offs for some sets. At the time of the stop we were in sixth position and we had a difficult schedule.

The season was going well.
Yes, it has been a historic season for both the club and the city. We are proud of our role in the Eurocup. The job well done has paid off, although we knew that repeating the role from the previous season was exceptional. The new players have become very identified with the project and the coaching staff has done a good job of integrating them and getting the most juice out of the squad. Competing in Europe was a bit irregular for us, but when we had clean weeks and we could spend the week training work it became noticeable.

One of her colleagues, Sydney Wiese, tested positive for coronavirus.
Yes, he did let us know the same day he found out, but now he’s fine. It’s about passing the days. We keep the WhatsApp group on the team, but we don’t have many anecdotes to tell. We are up to date with news, pending what they decide to do with the competition.

Is the competition in danger?
The situation makes you think, this is inevitable. Until this season is over, we won’t know how to start the next one. Sponsors are of great importance in women’s sports and it will now be more difficult for them to get the money. I’m not scared, but I do know if all the teams can continue.

Can an athlete refrain from the moment we are living in?
The situation scares. Despite the brutal work being done by the healthcare industry, there are still many deaths. I think it’s a consequence that something is wrong in the world. The Earth is sending us warnings. We are burdening the environment. The situation is difficult and right now it is hard to see the end.