Ramon Fernandez, Pinoy boxers undergo COVID-19 testing

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 02 2020 05:20 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) commissioner Ramon Fernandez led the COVID-19 testing on Thursday at the PhilSports Complex in Pasig City

Fernandez, the newly appointed officer-in-charge of the PSC, was accompanied by his wife, Karla Kintanar-Fernandez.

He is expected to do his OIC functions while still undergoing the mandatory 14-day quarantine period, which ends on July 17.

"We will comply with the standard procedures to ensure that we are helping in curbing the spread of the virus," said Fernandez.

Members of the Philippines' national boxing team, including Tokyo Olympic qualifier and 2019 AIBA women's world champion Irish Magno, also went through swab testing.

Ten more boxers -- six male and four female -- were also tested.

Athletes residing in PhilSports, including para-athletes from athletics, wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, table tennis and chess, were also given swab tests.

The boxers from Baguio City are currently undergoing a 14-day quarantine, and are under observation until their test results are out. They will be provided with food, shelter, and necessary assistance from the PSC staff in the meantime.

"Hindi muna sila pinalalabas ng assigned rooms nila. Until lumabas ang swab test results nila, hinahatiran sila ng food," said PhilSports dormitory manager Roselle Destura.

"Kung may ipapabili, ipapa-withdraw, at ipapadala sa pamilya, pinapaiwan namin sila ng note sa harap ng room nila, and then kami na ang gagawa for them," she added.

The PSC will also assist the athletes in securing their travel passes to return to their hometowns, once their results turn out clear and flights become available.

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