Having hosted a successful-despite-the-pandemic return in 2021, leadership of the Northern Virginia Senior Olympics is looking ahead to 2022, which will mark its 40th anniversary.
“We did not conduct NVSO in 2020 because of the pandemic, but were hopeful past and new participants would be eager to take part in the 2021 games,” said Roger Webb, the organization’s newly elected chair.
That hope paid off: Participation in the 2021 competition, held over a two-week span in September, totaled 700, lower than pre-pandemic years but far exceeding expectations, particularly since a number of events were canceled due to COVID concerns.
Northern Virginia Senior Olympics vice chair and registration chairman Herb Levitan said 97 percent of participants were fully vaccinated against COVID.
Levitan also oversees the scheduling of events, and said that it is likely this year’s canceled events will be reinstated in 2022. The dates tentatively have been set for Sept. 10-21.
The Northern Virginia Senior Olympics was organized in 1982 and is sponsored by the cities of Alexandria, Falls Church and Fairfax and the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun and Prince William.
Participants must live in one of these jurisdictions and be 50 years of age or older to compete.
For information, see the Website at www.nvso.us.