670 Sonics suspend training, activities


The 670 Sonics’ Christian Bravo unloads a point-blank shot during their game against the Rollers in a local tournament at the Gillette Multipurpose Gymnasium early this year. Bravo and his teammates have stopped practicing in response to the call to observe social distancing amid the COVID-19 crisis. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

The 670 Sonics Basketball Club put on hold their training sessions, indefinitely, and have called on their members to follow safety measures being implemented by the CNMI government to prevent the potential spread of coronavirus.

“This is a difficult moment for the world and our hearts go out to all those affected by the outbreak of COVID-19. During this crisis, the safety of our community is our top priority. At 670 Sonics Basketball Club, we are taking precautionary measures to do our part in reducing the spread of COVID-19,” Sonics coach Omar Ajoste said in a letter sent to the club players and officials last Sunday.

“We will not risk anyone’s health just to play basketball or do other activities. Your safety and well-being is in our mind so we will continue our basketball activities when it is safe to do so,” Ajoste added.

The Sonics just started their training session late last month with majority of their players competing in local leagues before matches were suspended, while some saw action for high school teams in the 2019-2020 Public School System Interscholastic Boys High School Basketball League.

The group used to train from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the San Antonio court from Monday to Thursday and from 6am to 9:30am every Sunday at other available courts (Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium, San Antonio, Laly 4, and Civic Center Court).

The Sonics, in the past months, had also launched cleanup drives through the Marianas Visitors Authority’s Beautify Marianas program.

Roselyn Monroyo | Reporter
Roselyn Monroyo is the sports reporter of Saipan Tribune. She has been covering sports competitions for more than two decades. She is a basketball fan and learned to write baseball and football stories when she came to Saipan in 2005.
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