Sen. Go Bats for Plan to Resume Athletes' Training for Olympics, SEA GAMES

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Sen. Go Bats for Plan to Resume Athletes' Training for Olympics, SEA GAMES


By Mario B. Casayuran

Senator Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go on Friday urged the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) and other concerned agencies to craft guidelines to help national athletes bound for Olympic qualifying tournaments abroad.

In order for them to qualify and prepare for Tokyo Summer Olympics next year, there must be a training plan for national athletes and their coaches during and after the period of general community quarantine (ECQ), that is compliant with health protocols, Go, chairman of the Senate sports committee, said.

"Balansehin lang po natin, huwag natin biglain, pero huwag rin natin sila pabayaan. Kabuhayan po nila ang pinag-uusapan dito. Karamihan ng ating mga atleta ay nabubuhay gamit ang kanilang talento sa larangan ng sports," Go explained. (We should put a balance, we should not rush things but we should take care of them. it is their livelihood that we are discussing here. Many athletes use of their talents in the field of sports as a means for their livelihood.)

Go confirmed that his office has already relayed this concern to PSC chairman William Ramirez, and POC President and Cavite Rep. Abraham Tolentino who both agreed to immediately act on the matter.

He expressed concern that many athletes have not trained for the past three months. He said both PSC and POC should prepare them for their forthcoming competitions and keep them safe from COVID-19.

Both entities committed to allow the national athletes, especially those who are slated to participate in qualifying tournaments for the Tokyo Games, in addition to those who already qualified, to resume their training and use available sports facilities.

Go, chairman of the Senate sports committee, emphasized that such guidelines must be implemented in close coordination with the Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).

"Marami namang mga pasilidad na pwedeng gamitin for training basta monitored and supervised ito ng PSC at POC. They can ensure that health protocols are followed, proper sanitation is maintained, and COVID-19 testing are made available when necessary," Go suggested. …

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