PSC's priority: athletes' safety

July 05, 2020

THE Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) will continue to put the athletes’ safety during the coronavirus pandemic as its top priority.

In fact, the PSC is doing everything to send all the national athletes and coaches now stranded in different places due to the coronavirus lockdown safely back home with their families.

Newly-appointed PSC officer-in-charge Ramon Fernandez said the government sports agency will continue to do its work to take care of the athletes as instructed by President Duterte.

“Yun naman lagi ang bilin ni President Duterte sa amin sa PSC na alagaan ang mga atleta. Keep them safe, especially during the pandemic. It’s all encompassing,” said Fernandez during the Tabloids Organization in Philippine Sports (TOPS) “Usapang Sports in Air” via Zoom last Thursday.

“As we speak, 13 national boxers and coaches have arrived at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City from Baguio. They underwent swab test and will now be under quarantine,” explained Fernandez, who was appointed as PSC officer-in-charge from June 22 to July 17.

“Sa Baguio, may naiwan isang athlete at coach because nag-positive nun nag-rapid test pero nag negative nun nag PCR. But they have to stay in Baguio for a 14-day quarantine based on protocol.”

The 66-year-old basketball legend claimed the PSC’s efforts to send all the athletes back home to their families are hitting some snags due to several travel restrictions.

“Originally, the plan was to send the athletes home to be with their families by end of June, pero nahirapan kami dahil sa mga lockdowns,” explained Fernandez.