PSC needs IATF directive first before allowing national athletes to train again

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 03 2020 09:32 PM

The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) is on standby for instructions from the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on COVID-19 before allowing national athletes to return to training.

This developed after the IATF eased restrictions on professional basketball, football and boxing.

"We shall await for more information and instructions from the IATF on the joint working group between (the Games and Amusements Board), (the health department) and PSC so we can proceed more efficiently and effectively (IATF Guidelines #51),” acting PSC chairman Ramon Fernandez said on social media.

The PSC has submitted its recommendations on the reintroduction of sports to the DOH and the IATF.

The recommendation presented protocols to be followed in different community quarantine scenarios, thus encouraging athlete and community safety from COVID-19.

Fernandez said he will be discussing training protocols with national sports associations and sports leaders involved in Olympic preparations.

“We plan to meet with (the Philippine Olympic Committe) and (chef de mision) Nonong Araneta to discuss the resumption of training of the national team, especially the Olympic hopefuls,” Fernandez said.

In compliance with the IATF guidelines, the PSC has cancelled the Philippine National Games, Philippine Youth Games, Batang Pinoy, and the 2020 National Sports Summit due to COVID-19 pandemic.

The Philippines' hosting of the 10th ASEAN Para Games was also cancelled after it was suspended several times.

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