ASEAN Para Games tentatively pushed to October due to COVID-19

The Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Paralympic Committee may need to wait for maybe seven more months before pushing through with the ASEAN Para Games. Jess Escaros/PNA (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--The ASEAN Para Games was once again pushed to a later date.

The ASEAN Para Sports Federation announced on Monday that the said meet will be postponed for the second time, this time due to the novel coronavirus disease.

The decision, according to a statement by Osoth Bhavilai, the secretary of the APSF Board of Governors, was the result of an emergency video conference that tackled the current state of the Philippines.

"The APSF BoG agreed that the Games will now be moved from 21-27 March 2020 to 3-9 October 2020 with conditions that the Covid-19 pandemic is put under control and no longer a threat to human," the statement read.

However, Bhavilai clarified that the scheduled new period of the ASEAN Para Games is just a proposal and not yet final, making the dates essentially tentative ones.

"The board has agreed to convene another meeting at the end of July 2020 to assess on the Covid-19 situation before confirming and proceeding with the proposed new dates for the games," he further stated. "This is to adhere to the regulation that the host notifies APSF at least 60 days before the commencement of the Games to allow time for the APSF Coordination Committee to inspect Games facilities and the host’s readiness."

Initially scheduled for January this year, the ASEAN Para Games was supposed to take place next year due to hosting concerns the Philippine Paralympic Committee faced.

But with the entirety of Luzon placed under an enhanced community quarantine due to COVID-19, the APSF prompted to postpone the games anew.

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