Allow Tokyo Olympians to train -- PSC

July 09, 2020

AS far as the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) is concerned, it’s business as usual.

With  the sporting community taking the first step back to recovery following the  coronavirus pandemic, the PSC is now working closely with the  Philippine Olympic Committee (POC)  to enable Tokyo Olympic-bound athletes to resume training.

Both the PSC and the POC have agreed to endorse for approval of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) the resumption of training of  all national athletes still vying for Olympic tickets.

“The PSC initiated the (virtual) meeting with  POC with the good of our national athletes in mind,” said PSC officer-in-charge Ramon Fernandez following a virtual meeting with POC president Rep. Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino  and POC secretary-general Atty. Ed Gastanes last Tuesday.

“Lagi naman yan ang priority ni President Duterte and Chairman Butch Ramirez,” added Fernandez.

A common objective of the meeting is to ask the IATF-EID to allow the training of  Olympic-bound athletes as well as those who will compete in Olympic qualifiers.

Both PSC and POC agree that given the present situation, it would be best to focus on our Olympic bid first.

“The PSC will not leave any stone unturned to ensure that our Olympic hopefuls can keep their momentum,” said Fernandez in a statement distributed to the media.

“COVID-19 notwithstanding, we must never lose sight of our goal to give our best shot for our first Olympic gold."

Fernandez, however, admitted that the final decision of the resumption of sports will remain with the IATF.

“We can only recommend, but they have the final say. Kailangan nating sumunod sa kanila sa ikabubuti ng bansa,” explained Fernandez.

Fernandez said  the PSC Board  will also  meet with Tokyo Olympics Chef de Mission Mariano “Nonong” Araneta to discuss the POC’s projection on our Olympic bid.

“The POC will know who has and where we have a high percentage of qualifying so we will consult them and move from there,” explained Fernandez.

The PSC board has already identified six facilities at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex (RMSC) in Manila City and the Philsports Complex in Pasig City which may be available for training.

These are the Fencing Hall, Multi-Purpose Center, Strength and Conditioning Building, Dormitory Training Hall  in  Philsports and the taekwondo and boxing gyms at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex.