POC: It's the right decision

Bambol Tolentino

The International Olympic Committee made the right decision in postponing the Tokyo Olympic Games from July this year to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic that's pestering all four corners of the globe.

This was the opinion of Philippine Olympic Committee president and Cavite Congressman Bambol Tolentino with  regards to the postponement of the Summer Games to 2021, something that became inevitable as calls for it to be reset snowballed in the last few days.

"It's the right decision--for athletes, officials and spectators. For everybody's safety," said Tolentino in a statement sent to People's Journal yesterday.

Tolentino said the move (postponing it) was better than cancelling it .

The POC head said the postponement will give Filipino athletes more time to prepare for the Tokyo Games where the country hopes to win its first ever gold medal.

"May chance pa rin tayo sa medals (gold) for those who qualified because they can train more and we get a chance to qualify more athletes," he said.

Meanwhile, Tolentino said they will recommend to Vietnam the holding of the 31st Southeast Asian Games in the latter part of next year so that participation in the biennial meet won't be a problem.

"We will recommend to the hosts to hold the SEA Games in the latter part of 2021just like we did when we hosted the SEA Games last year," Tolentino said.

The Vietnam SEA Games is tentatively set to Nov. 21 to Dec. 2, which the SEAG federation has yet to approve.

"Those dates (Nov.21 to De. 2) provide enough window from the Tokyo Games which could be staged in the July-August period.