SEA Games training bubbles get government consent

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Filipino delegates applaud during the opening ceremony for the 30th Southeast Asian Games at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan Province, northern Philippines, on Saturday, November 30, 2019 (AP Photo / Aaron Favila)

MANILA, Philippines – National athletes bound for the Southeast Asian Games can now participate in their bubble training under strict government supervision.

The Philippine Sports Commission, Department of Health, and Board of Games and Entertainment issued a joint administrative order, listing enforcement guidelines on how athletes and their national sports associations should safely conduct an environment bubble type for training.

The approval of JAO n ° 2021-0001 came at the right time since the sports facilities in the city of Baguio will be ready from the start of training in July as well as the training bubble of sports associations who have decided to choose their own. Site (s.

Based on the order signed by PSC President William Ramirez, GAB President Baham Mitra and DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III, contact and non-contact sports were signaled to train in placed areas under moderate and low risk community quarantine classifications.

Under the strict direction of the PSC medical unit, athletes and staff for bubble training will be determined by the sports association and approved by the Philippine Olympic Committee and the Philippine Paralympic Committee with the PSC.

The maximum number of people allowed to participate inside the bubble will be based on the risk assessment conducted by the PSC with the POC, PPC and sports associations.

The JAO also tasked the deployment of health and safety officers to continuously monitor the health status of all people inside the training area, with all plans and activities being coordinated with the government unit. host local and regional interagency infectious disease management working group. .

Members of the national team under the age of 18 must have the written consent of their parents.

PSC Commissioner Ramon Fernandez, Chef de Mission of the Philippine team at the upcoming SEA Games in Vietnam, gave his approval to the preparations underway at the PSC facilities at the Teacher’s Camp in Baguio City where he will host boxing athletes. , karate and athletics. , muaythai and possibly kickboxing.

Baguio’s high-altitude facilities include a newly constructed 175-bed dormitory that was recently handed over by the Ministry of Public Works and Roads to the PSC.

Fernandez said he plans to seek advice and approval from the DOH and IATF on the possibility of using 50% of the 175 beds in the PSC dormitory, as the athletes will all be vaccinated in July.

According to DOH and IATF guidelines, only 30 percent of the bed capacity will be allowed to be occupied.

A total of 626 Filipino athletes from 39 sports will see the action from November 21 to December. 2 Games in Hanoi City, which will require all participating athletes and coaches to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Besides bubble training in Baguio, other sports linked to SEAG have created their own training bubbles.

Archery trained in Dumaguete City, fencing in Ormoc City, weightlifting in Cebu, Bohol and Zamboanga City, cycling in Tagaytay, sepak takraw and beach volleyball in Ilocos Norte, triathlon in Subic, table tennis in Taguig, canoeing / dragonboat in Tacloban and skateboarding in Cebu.

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