PSC speeds up training restart

The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) is working hard to expedite the return of athletes to their respective training venues in preparation for major sports events next year, including the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games and the 19th Asian Games.

PSC national training director Marc Velasco yesterday said they are already fast tracking the repair of government sports facilities like the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex (RMSC) and Philsports Complex to make sure that athletes would be able to train starting 10 January.

The outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic had dealt a major blow to the national training program.

In fact, when the Luzon lockdown was imposed last year, the PSC had no choice, but to send athletes back to their respective provinces to avoid getting stranded in their dormitories.

With that, the national training program was halted with only the elite athletes based abroad getting a chance to train while some conducted bubble camps like the men’s basketball players, karatekas, taekwondo jins and boxers in Calamba City, fencers in Ormoc City, volleybelles in Lipa City and tracksters in Baguio City.

Now, the PSC is doing its best to repair the dormitories and water system as well as refurbish some facilities inside the RMSC and Philsports Complex in preparation for the return of the athletes.

“We have already started repairing the dormitories and water system in Philsports while some facilities in Rizal Memorial need refurbishing,” Velasco, also the executive assistant of PSC chairperson William “Butch” Ramirez, said.

“We want everything to be done right away to make sure that we will start our training on 10 January.”

The PSC had already identified the 10 sports that will train in the RMSC and Philsports.

Set to train in Philsports are athletes from diving, swimming, athletics, fencing and karate while those who will have their buildup in RMSC are from wushu, billiards, judo, wrestling and taekwondo.

Velasco said they based their selection on the availability of the venues.

“It depends on what training venue will be available,” Velasco said, adding that they are also in the process of finalizing the health and safety protocols in coordination with the PSC Medical and Scientific Athlete Services.

“But it’s been good so far. I think we are on schedule.”

Date: November 20, 2021 | Newspaper: Tribune | Source: