Hopes are that there will be no disruptions when training activities of national athletes resume this week.
Commissioner Ramon Fernandez of the Philippine Sports Commission expressed his optimism now that preparations of national athletes for the Tokyo Olympics and other major international meets this year are set to get underway at the Inspire Sports Academy in Calamba, Laguna.
“We hope that their training will be continuous to prepare them in case na matuloy ang Tokyo Olympics,” said Fernandez.
The PSC official said this following reports that there was a surge of new coronavirus infections and a new strain of the COVID-19 last week in Japan.
Aside from four Filipino athletes who are already qualifiers, the Philippines is sending more aspirants to international meets abroad, and in a bid to get more qualifying slots.
Following the discovery of a new variant of COVID-19 in Japan, the Japanese government has imposed a ban on non-resident arrivals.
This is now one of the challenges facing Olympic officials.
Organizers of the Tokyo Olympics are now preparing for the release of plans for a scaled-down games this March.
Talks of having a scaled-down games are expected to ensure the safety of more than 11,000 athletes coming to join.
Meanwhile, the presence of medical staffers from the PSC in Laguna will make sure that all safety and health protocols that the agency has laid out will be followed.
“We are hoping that it will push through even if we are facing another (virus) variant. That will be another challenge. I hope that they (Olympic organizers) cope with that, na hindi pumasok,” added Fernandez.
The PSC has made arrangements of a bubble-type of setup.
This will enable national athletes to finally train after spending almost a year in lockdowns, with some of them doing their training activities online.