Tennis chief says they will study IATF resolution carefully

The Philippine Tennis Association (Philta) will carefully study the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) resolution on the resumption of outdoor activities including the sport in light of the country’s coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic situation.


Alberto “AJ” Lim, left, and Ruben Gonzales during their practice for Davis Cup at Philippine Columbian Association in Manila, March 3, 2020. (MB Photo / Jansen Romero, File)

Philta president Atty. Antonio Cablitas said he will convene fellow officials regarding the resolution where tennis is now allowed under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) and Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ).

“Baka may limitations pa yan. Kaya whatever would be circulated must be studied carefully,” he said.

Under Section 4(13) of IATF Resolution No. 38, “outdoor non-contact sports and other forms of exercise such as but not limited to walking, jogging, running, biking, golf, swimming, tennis, badminton, equestrian and skateboarding are allowed. Provided, that the minimum public health standards such as the wearing of masks and the maintenance of social distancing protocols, and no sharing of equipment where applicable, are observed. Provided, further, that operations of the relevant clubhouses or similar establishments, if any, shall be limited to basic operations.”

Cablitas is mostly concerned that venues such as the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex are currently being used as temporary medical facilities.

“It would be awkward (for the players), so we have to thread carefully with regards to the venues,” he said.

The pandemic froze local sports programs including Philta’s, where it scheduled international age-group tournaments in Japan, Tunisia and China for its junior players, as well as 20 age-group events across the country.

International exposures of its national athletes were also halted.

For now, national players are mostly limited to conditioning training as tennis venues are still closed.

Date: May 28, 2020 | By: Kristel Satumbaga | Newspaper: Manila Bulletin | Source: