Sports officials are bracing for the return of activities, expected to be back in the last half of the year, with a series of meetings in the coming days.
Philippine Sports Commission officer in charge Ramon Fernandez said the PSC board will be meeting with the Philippine Olympic Committee to talk about how they can help prepare national athletes, who are seeking qualification to the Tokyo Olympics.
“We will meet with them about their plans regarding the training and preparation of the Olympians and the qualifiers for the Olympics,” said Fernandez.
The discussions will take place following the decision of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases to allow the resumption of practices for basketball and football.
Fernandez believes that the restart of activities in sports disciplines is expected to follow with this resolution.
Talks with POC president and Tagaytay rep. Abraham Tolentino and Tokyo Olympics chef de mission Mariano “Nonong” Araneta is expected to clear things up.
“We have several qualified and others seeking qualification,” added Fernandez.
So far, pole vaulter Ernest John Obiena, gymnast Carlos Yulo, along with boxers Eumir Marcial and Irish Magno have qualified for the the Olympiad, along with para swimmer Ernie Gawilan in the Paralympics.
Skateboard Margielyn Didal is seeking qualification with weighlifter Margielyn Didal, while para table tennis player Josephine Medina is an alternate entry.
In athletics, Fil-American standouts William Morrison (shotput) and Kristina Knott (women’s 200-meters) will have more time to get ready for the Tokyo Olympics.
Also seeking berths are sprinter Eric Cray, pole vaulter Natalie Uy, and marathoner Christine Hallasgo.
Under a General Enhanced Community Quarantine, practice sessions will be limited to just five athletes on the floor in basketball, and in the field for football.
In a Modified GCQ setup, as many as 10 athletes can do workouts together.