Philippine Sports Commissioner Mon Fernandez has been working with various agencies and officials to get approval for the resumption of training for Southeast Asian Games-bound athletes late this year.

Fernandez, who is also appointed as the country’s chief of mission to the biennial meet slated in Vietnam, said they have been discussing with the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) on how to resume formal training to the rest of the athletes.

“We are working on it,” Fernandez said.

So far, the Inter-Agency Task Force only allowed athletes seeking berths to the 2021 Tokyo Olympics as well as qualifiers to train in a bubble-type setup.

The PSC has, in fact, set up a training bubble for taekwondo, karatedo and boxing athletes at the Inspire Sports Academy in Calamba, Laguna for 90 days.

The government sports agency is also closely coordinating with a number of sports associations that have already proposed training arrangements. But at the moment, no approval from the IATF has been made except for Olympic-bound athletes and those who wished to qualify.

PSC’s National Training Director Marc Velasco said all training activities must be in close coordination with the POC and must be approved by the PSC to ensure that health and safety protocols are in place.

“We want to field a competitive team for all scheduled Games. We know how important it is to resume formal training. However, we also find ourselves in unique times at the moment and we work on what we can and are allowed to do,” Velasco said.

Source: Manila Bulletin (