PSC-sanctioned events 'canceled until December'

PSC-sanctioned events 'canceled until December'

The PSC, led by Chairman Butch Ramirez, called off all its events for virtually the rest of the year.
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--The PSC will not anymore wait for the lockdown to be fully lifted before deciding if it will resume its events.

The Butch Ramirez-led organization decided to call off all the sporting events it is supposed to host for the remainder of the year due to the novel coronavirus scare.

In a statement on Wednesday, the country's governing body for sports said "that all sports activities are canceled until December of this year, in compliance with the IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force) directives."

The resolution was made during an online board meeting presided by Ramirez and was attended too by Commissioners Celia Kiram, Mon Fernandez, Arnold Agustin and Charles Maxey, Executive Director Merly Ibay, Deputy Executive Directors Dennis Rivera and Atty. Guillermo Iroy, and Chief of Staff Marc Velasco.

This means that the likes of the Palarong Pambansa, Batang Pinoy, and the Philippine National Games alongside other events hosted by the PSC will not push through this year.

In another development, the PSC also moved to withdraw further monetary support to the hosting of the ASEAN Para Games, whose uncertainty on whether it will happen this year remains. The decision is part of "belt-tightening measures" the PSC will be doing in the coming days.

“We heed the call of the national government to cut expenses as we reroute majority of our resources to fighting the pandemic, but we also stand by our commitment to keep supporting members of the national team,” Ramirez said.

The PSC, however, assured that it will still pay the initial operations expenses to the APG organizing committee.

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