The national judo squad is using a new training platform to sharpen their skills amid the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Philippine Judo Federation president Dave Carter said the judokas are using an online training program from the International Judo Federation (IJF) to help them prepare for various Olympic qualifying tournaments.
He said the “IJF Fit Platform” also aims to help athletes all over the world to remain active amid the ongoing global health crisis.
“This is to motivate physical and mental health during this difficult time and to allow social interaction with the international judo community,” said Carter, a former director of the Philippine Olympic Committee.
“This is being participated by our national team online and it really helps them to stay motivated. It also inspired other judokas all over the country, young and old, to do the workouts and other drills in the program.”
So far, the national judokas are in good position to capture two slots in the Olympics.
Asian Games silver medalist Kiyomi Watanabe is already inside the Olympic circle while Shugen Nakano, Keisei Nakano and Mariya Takahashi are inching closer to continental slots.
Carter added that these athletes have already intensified their training condition as they can now gradually train outside under more relaxed safety guidelines on their respective communities abroad.
“They are more free to do drills both in the dojo and outdoors, as long as they observe physical distancing. They can now run in the oval and on less crowded streets,” he said.
“This gives our judokas more chances to be in the Olympics next year.”
Date: June 28, 2020 | By: Ian Suyu | Newspaper: Tribune | Source: https://tribune.net.ph/index.php/2020/06/28/judokas-use-online-platform/?fbclid=IwAR2AwR2pvQp4EzT0E0L6Aji9sk_BKaBRz2WJ9IgkXhf7ZnlSMiiErv09KnY