PHOENIX - An Arizona State University student is stranded in Honduras, as a result of a border closure due to the coronavirus.
Shannon Cooley went to Honduras to compete in a football tournament, as part of an event for Team USA, before it was all shut down. Now, Cooley and her team are stuck in the Central American country.
It began with a competition against four different countries.
"It was going great until we were stuck in a situation where we can’t get out of coronavirus," said Cooley.
The tournament was cut short when Honduran leaders announced there would be no more public events. The team wasn’t allowed to compete in the championships, but they were dubbed the winners.
Now, they are all in the hotel and not allowed to leave. Their coach, however, is keeping them busy.
"We run drills. Football drills," said Stephanie Balaochko. "We watch film. We are doing a lot to take everyone’s mind of it.”
Now, they say their goal is getting home. They have been in contact with all of their local congressmen and congresswomen, and they are hopeful.
Cooley and Balaochko say the closures happened fast, especially because there were so few coronavirus cases in Honduras. When travel deemed non-essential was shut down, that’s when they knew they were stuck. They are, however, in good spirits.
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