PHILIPPINE Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman William Ramirez clarified that in these trying times, safety and health are the priority of everyone, and scheduling of national or international sports events will have to be pushed back in consideration of everyone’s safety.
“We are on lockdown, but we try our best to keep updated on our athletes’ and employees’ status,” explained Ramirez. “The PSC has been keeping virtual offices for reporting and updating.”
“As of now, I am thankful that no athlete, coach or employee has reported positive of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19). We hope it stays that way,” added Ramirez.
The present situation of the nation has greatly affected the sporting community, with most events being indefinitely postponed. Recently, the 10th Philippine Asean Para Games Organizing Committee (Philapgoc) announced the third rescheduling of the games in light of the present global pandemic, setting the new target month in October.
Ramirez explained if the present situation persists, deciding the schedule of such events would be in the hands of the government.
“I understand the goals and dreams of the organizing committee, but in this national crisis, it would be the government’s advice or decision which will be heeded since there are other factors that need to be considered,” he explained.
In early February, seeing the progress of the health issue, the PSC has announced the postponement of all its events and strongly urged the Philapgoc to also consider rescheduling, which it eventually did. The sporting conclave was moved to March.
In the meantime, athletes continue to train at home and are optimistic that things will go back to normal soon. (RSC)