THE training of the national athletes plunging into action in the Hanoi Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in May next year starts on Jan. 10 next year.
Ramon Fernandez, the country’s SEA Games chef-de-mission, yesterday said the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) where he serves as a commissioner is targeting the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila and the PhilSports Complex in Pasig as potential bubble venues for the SEA Games-bound athletes.
But if the government-owned facilities that are currently being used as coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) centers aren’t available, national sports association must find their own temporary training sites to jumpstart their preparation.
“It will depend on the availability of the said venues but if hindi pa talaga pwede, hanap muna sila,” said Mr. Fernandez.
There were some sports that have already started training including karate, which opened its preparation last month in Baguio City.
Swimming has also held its first of many qualifying races last month at the New Clark Aquatics Center in Capas, Tarlac while athletics will have its own selection meet next month.
The rest will have to wait next year.
Mr. Fernandez and Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Abraham Tolentino will meet next week to finalize everything. — JV