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Athletes sure for Olympics, SEA Video games to be given vaccine precedence

Malacañang introduced on Friday that it was lastly giving precedence vaccination for Philippine athletes sure for the Tokyo Olympics and thirty first Southeast Asian Video games.

This opens up the window for athletes who want to be vaccinated towards COVID-19 as quickly as attainable. Nonetheless, athletes may additionally await the vaccines procured by tycoon Enrique Razon and the Philippine Olympic Committee, set to reach in June.

The postponed Summer time Video games is scheduled from July 23 to August 8, whereas the SEA Video games in Hanoi is ready for November 21 to December 2.

Presidential Spokesperson Sec. Harry Roque mentioned that the Inter-Company Process Power Technical Working Group made the advice by means of IATF Decision No. 116.

SEA Video games host Vietnam had earlier introduced a “no vaccination, no participation” coverage for all athletes and coaches.

As well as, athletes who’re making ready for the 2 aforementioned occasions can now put together for a “bubble” coaching, at any time when their nationwide sporting associations plan to have it.

“Athletes sure for the Tokyo Olympics and the Southeast Asian Video games might start with their bubble-type coaching topic to the relevant pointers of the Philippine Sports activities Fee, Video games and Amusements Board, and the Division of Well being,” mentioned Roque.

Presently, the POC is taking a look at a number of bubble venues, which embrace Taguig, Sta. Rosa, Laguna, and Tagaytay Metropolis, Cavite.

The IATF additionally accredited the request of Philippine Swimming, Inc. to host the 2021 Swimming Nationwide Choice Meet, additionally by means of a bubble-type format on the New Clark Metropolis Aquatics Heart in Capas, Tarlac.

“In relation to this, all nationwide choice meet members might be approved individuals outdoors of residence and might be allowed inter-zonal journey,” mentioned Roque.

The Philippine Olympic Committee was fast to thank the federal government for approving the measure.

“Your complete sports activities group can now heave a sigh of aid with this approval,” POC President Rep. Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino mentioned. “With this excellent news, our athletes can now stay up for severe coaching and preparations for 2 main competitions.”

Based on the POC, out of the eight Filipino athletes who’ve formally certified for Tokyo, solely boxer Eumir Marcial has obtained two doses, whereas weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz has obtained her first dose.

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