National athletes train in the “ sports bubbles ” of Ilocos Norte
LAOAG CITY – Some “sporting bubbles” have been set up in Ilocos Norte after Filipino athletes from national associations pushed to train in the province in May to prepare for their next international inclines, officials said on Tuesday.
The national beach volleyball team had set up a training bubble on May 19 in the coastal town of Pagudpud, some 500 kilometers outside of Metro Manila, said Helen Domingo, provincial sports development manager, in a statement.
The men’s and women’s pool had 10 members each, who joined the city’s sports bubble to prepare for the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA) in November and the Confederation Beach Volleyball Continental Cup. Asian volleyball, an Olympic qualifying tournament, in June.
Domingo said the sepak takraw national team will also train at Mariano Marcos State University in Batac City until November 15 for the SEA Games, while the national beach handball team will follow.
Ilocos Norte is in Modified General Community Quarantine, the least stringent quarantine classification in the country.
Domingo said the province was being promoted to become “one of the safest training centers in the country”.
In April, the Philippine Sports Commission supported the partnership between national sports associations with “local communities who are ready to adopt [national] teams to train in their field. “
Domingo said the provincial health task force has developed a “risk assessment management” to ensure a “safe place” for athletes when they are under the province’s sports bubbles.
Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) sister teams Meralco Bolts and TNT Tropang Giga also set up their training bubbles in Ilocos Norte in May, according to the provincial government.
Both teams are preparing for the 46th PBA season, which is tentatively scheduled for June.
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