The national sports associations may have to look for other venues for physical training for national athletes bound for the 31st Southeast Asian Games.
National training director Marc Velasco said this after questions were raised on the availability of three venues under the control of the Philippine Sports Commission.
“We are asking for recommendations from the NSAs. The NSAs will have to indicate where they can train,” said Velasco in virtual huddle with scribes on Zoom yesterday.
Many NSAs, specifically athletics, baseball, fencing and gymnastics are set to get their athletes ready for the SEA Games, are looking for other places as training venues.
Venues like the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila, the Philsports Arena in Pasig City, the Teachers Camp in Baguio and the Inspire ports Academy in Calamba, Laguna may not be available to many NSAs.
Two gymnasiums inside the RMSC facilities are being used to quarantine coronavirus patients.
The multipurpose arena in Philsports is also reserved for such purpose while the three NSAs of karatedo, taekwondo and boxing and the Gilas Pilipinas national men’s basketball team are already busy with their workouts in Calamba.
The Teachers Camp in Baguio is undergoing renovation.
It will be a while before these venues are available for use.
Velasco noted that the national fencing team will do their preparations in Ormoc City, with POC second vice president and Mayor Richard Gomez taking care of their needs.
On the other hand, the national gymnastics squad has gone ahead by doing their activities at a hotel in Makati City.
The delays on preparations for the SEA Games because there is no approval yet from the Interagency Task Force for the Management of Infectious Diseases.