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PSC meets with NSA's regarding training protocols

The Gilas Pilipinas 3x3 is among the national athletes vying for a spot in the Tokyo Olympics. Chooks-To-Go (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--While everyone is waiting for the joint administrative order that will clear athletes to train again, the Philippine Sports Commission is already making an initiative to have the national athletes get back to their buildup for the Tokyo Olympics.

The PSC has just begun a set of meetings with the national sports associations regarding the guidelines about resuming training amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Health professionals from the PSC's medical scientific athletes services led by Dr. Randolph Mayo have already conducted meetings since Tuesday.

Also in the meetings were Dr. Janis De Vera, Dr. Charles Corpuz, Dr. Joji Quintos, Dr. Pilar Villanueva, Dr. Victor Gaddi, Dr. Arsenio Lantin, Dr. William Occidental, Dr. Raul Alcantara, and Abigail Rivera.

They first met with Philippine Olympic Committee secretary general Ed Gastanes, Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines secretary general Ed Picson, Philippine Fencing Association president Richard Gomez, and Philippine Rowing Association secretary general Jercyl Lerin.

The following day, the PSC-MSAS met with World Archery Philippines secretary general Rosendo Sombrio, Integrated Cycling Federation of the Philippines secretary general Billy Sumagui, and Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas director for operations Butch Antonio and Coaches Academy chief Jong Uichico.

Then on Thursday, the PSC-MSAS met with Philippine Judo Federation president Dave Carter and Gymnastics Association of the Philippines president Cynthia Carrion-Norton.

As of posting, the PSC-MSAS is meeting with the National Association of Golf Philippines and the Karate Pilipinas Sports Federation.

Next week, PSC-MSAS will meet with officials from triathlon, skateboarding, table tennis, taekwondo, canoe kayak, weightlifting, and wrestling.

“This is to brief them on how they will formulate their updated protocol. This is also for submission to the IATF to allow Olympic qualifying sports to start training,” said national training director Marc Velasco. “The PSC recognizes that our Olympic hopefuls need to maintain momentum and they do that by going back to focused training.”

So far, only the Gilas Pilipinas 3x3 team competing in the FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament is cleared to resume training as soon as next week as the JAO covers the Chooks-To-Go Pilipinas 3x3, which backs the national team.

The Games and Amusements Board said on Wednesday night that the JAO, which also covers the PBA and the PFL, may be released next week.

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