'Bubble' for Olympic-bound PH bets?

July 12, 2020

Like the NBA and other major leagues abroad, the Philippine Sports Commission hopes to have its own 'bubble' for its Olympic athletes and hopefuls.

Simply put, the government sports agency will train its Tokyo-bound athletes and Olympic bidders to train in one place should the government provide the go-signal to resume training.

“We can have them in a bubble,”  PSC national training director Marc Velasco told sportswriters yesterday.

Velasco’s statement came a couple of days after the sports-funding agency teamed up with the Philippine Olympic Committee in seeking the approval of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the resumption of training of the Olympic bets.

So far, only four athletes in world gymnastics champion Carlos Yulo, Asian boxing champion Eumir Marcial, female pug Irish Magno and pole vaulter EJ Obiena have qualified for the Games which was supposed to be held this month but was postponed to next year in the wake of the dreaded coronavirus pandemic.

Several others l-- Rio de Janeiro weightlifting silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz, skateboarder Margielyn Didal , judoka Kiyome Watanabe ,taekwondo jin Pauline Lopez, karatekas Junna Tsuki and Jaie Lim--are among those expected to join Marcial and Co,. in the greatest sporting event in the world. 

Included in the proposal for training exemptions are para-athletes headed by swimmer Ernie Gawilan, who was the first to qualify to Tokyo, and table tennis’ Josephine Medina, who recently received an invitation that put her a heartbeat away from qualifying to the next Paralympics.

Velasco said guidelines and protocols have already been set.