PSC assesses sports facilities as SEA Games training resumes

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Facade of the Rizal Memorial Coliseum. APPLICANT PHOTO FILE

The Philippine Sports Commission carefully assessed the facilities at the Rizal Memorial Sports Center and Philsports Complex before opening their doors to domestic athletes heading to the Southeast Asian Games.

The Philippine Sports Institute’s national training director, Marc Edward Velasco, said they were checking whether the structures at these venues were still up to accepted standards almost two years after they were abandoned by athletes due to the global football crisis. COVID-19.

“We evaluated all the sites. Based on those assessments, we will find out this week when it is as soon as possible for our athletes to return to these facilities, ”Velasco told the Inquirer.

Since March of last year, when the pandemic began, the majority of national athletes from various sports who stayed inside the RMSC in Manila and Philsports in Pasig City have been forced to return home to the provinces.

Host Vietnam postponed the 31st SEA Games supposedly scheduled for the end of the year in Hanoi and rescheduled the 11-nation meeting to mid-May next year, prompting sports associations to resume training their athletes.

“We check the integrity of the dormitories and the structure of the training facilities to make sure they are safe,” said Velasco, also chief of staff to PSC president William Ramirez.

Both controlled by the PSC, areas inside RMSC and Philsports are being renovated to reopen as part of a bubble setup.

“The PSC Management Committee recommended to the PSC Board of Directors to prepare these bubble training centers this month,” Velasco said.

He explained that the sports agency has coordinated with the Interagency Infectious Disease Management Working Group on the proposed reopening, as parts of the government-owned sites are still being used as COVID-19 quarantine areas.

While several sports have already resumed training their athletes, sports whose athletes will remain at RMSC and Philsports will have seven months to best prepare.

According to the PSC commissioner and team leader of the Philippines team, Ramon Fernandez, karate and boxing have started to set up their camps in Baguio City as well as athletics.

Muay is also considering the City of Pines as a training ground, kickboxing is already busy training in Benguet at high altitude, while sepak takraw intends to mount his bubble training in the Ilocos region.

Canoeing will prepare its paddlers in Tacloban City, the national archery team has found a host in Dumaguete City and fencing is at home in Ormoc City thanks to its mayor Richard Gomez, the fencing chief simultaneous and 2nd vice-president of the Philippine Olympic. Committee.

Weightlifting, which produced the country’s first-ever Olympic gold medal thanks to the masterful efforts of Hidilyn Diaz, has facilities supported by the PSC in Zamboanga City, Cebu and Bohol.

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