Coronavirus: Virus curbs force schools to adapt as National School Games put on hold

The Nanyang Junior College girls' volleyball team beating Hwa Chong Institution to win their fifth straight A Div title last year. Their hopes of extending the streak was hampered by the lack of sparring partners as their alumni were barred from returning
The Nanyang Junior College girls' volleyball team beating Hwa Chong Institution to win their fifth straight A Div title last year. Their hopes of extending the streak was hampered by the lack of sparring partners as their alumni were barred from returning to the school due to the coronavirus outbreak. ST FILE PHOTO

Teams scale down training plans, cancel friendly competitions and limit contact after NSG deferral

School volleyball kingpins Nanyang Junior College (NYJC) have been hard at work on the court since the start of the National School Games (NSG) on Jan 21, but their A Division girls' team have had to cope with training disruptions due to the coronavirus situation.

A key part of their preparations was sparring with their alumni but that was scuppered when the school banned former players from returning to its Serangoon campus as part of precautionary measures for the virus outbreak, which has infected almost 78,000 people worldwide and killed nearly 2,400.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 24, 2020, with the headline 'Virus curbs force schools to adapt'. Print Edition | Subscribe