If Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao gets a call from ONE Championship, his prodigies will be ready.
The soft-spoken mentor was delighted to see ONE: NO SURRENDER, the promotion’s first show in five months, and witnessing the action from the world’s largest martial arts organization has left Sangiao excited.
“For me, I am happy for ONE. I am really happy for the athletes of ONE and of course the management, seeing that they are back. Of course, it’s a big boost to their business as well,” Sangiao said.
“On our part, we’re just waiting for events to be held in the Philippines, or if they can fly foreign athletes like us elsewhere, we’d gladly take it.”
The 41-year-old said they can actually fly out of the country despite the Philippines’ strict travel restrictions.
After talking to Games And Amusement Board (GAB) chairman Baham Mitra, Sangiao said that they only need to meet the requirements needed by the governing body to compete outside of the Philippines.
“To be clear, yes we can fly out. We just have to get the necessary requirements and submit it to our government so we can fly out,” Sangiao said.
“On our end, we’re really trying hard to train regularly in the gym, so if an opportunity opens up, our athletes are ready.”
Sangiao said that they have been continuously training amid the ever-changing COVID-19 guidelines, but given Baguio’s dynamic approach, training in the gym consistently for some of their athletes can be troublesome.
As the leader of the gym, however, Sangiao is doing everything he can to make sure that they continue to train while living up to the strictest health guidelines.
“We require all our fighters now to train every day for as long as there are no restrictions with them, but there are also protocols that we have to follow,” Sangiao said.
“As much as possible, I also advise them to have a singular route, like home-gym and gym-home, to avoid contracting the virus.
“I want to make sure my athletes stay at home as much as possible and only go out when really needed.”
ONE Championship returns to action with ONE: NO SURRENDER II on 14 August and ONE: NO SURRENDER III 21 August as The Home Of Martial Arts rolls out its string of live events in the new normal.
Catch it live on One Sports, One Sports+, and TV5 on Philippine television, or on the ONE Super App.
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