PSC: Nat’l athletes well taken care of

Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) national training director Marc Velaso assured that the national athletes in the ‘Calambubble’ at the Inspire Sports Academy in Calamba, Laguna are well taken care of.

“We are trying our best to make the stay of our athletes there comfortable and to be able to train really well,” said Velasco at the Philippine Sportswriters Association online forum on Tuesday.

From the training equipment, practice facilities, food, rooms and internet connection, all the way to helping the athletes’ mental health sane are provided, said Velasco.

“It (Inspire Sports Academy) has sufficient facility. They (athletes) can train there; they can eat. They sleep well. They have Wi-Fi there. Our psychologists are working double time to really monitor their mental health,” shared Velasco.

“The facility is ready, and the food is really good; we have a very good provider. Our medical team is there; the local government is offering help.”

The Philippine Olympic bets from boxing, karate and tae kwon do entered the Calambubble over the weekend.

Once their Covid-19 tests yielded negative results, they can begin their training, under strict health protocols, for the Olympic qualifiers and the Tokyo Olympics.

There are about 60 people in the bubble, which also include trainers, coaches, physical therapists, doctors and PSC staff.

The athletes cannot interact with each other. They are also required to wear masks once they go outside their respective rooms, except when they are training, of course.

Ultimately, Velasco said the athletes are the only ones who can decide if their bubble experience there is good.

“This is the first of its kind. I cannot tell if the athletes are so happy once they stayed there for three months without going out.”

Date: January 20, 2021 | By: Niel Masoy | Newspaper: Manila Times | Source: