POC: Postponement is ‘ideal’ for PHL athletes
By Adrian Stewart Co
Following the decision to postpone the 2020 Summer Olympics, which were scheduled to take place in Tokyo from July 24 to August 9, until next year due to ongoing concerns surrounding the coronavirus disease, or Covid-19, Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) President Abraham Tolentino called the scenario “ideal.”
“A 2021 schedule is ideal enough,” the Cavite congressman affirmed. “A postponement would mean more time to train for those who have already qualified and still trying to qualify.”
He said the POC has advised athletes, coaches, and officials to “stay safe, stay at home, and observe government and Health Department protocols.”
The Philippines currently has four qualified athletes, gymnast Carlos Yulo, pole vaulter Ernest John Obiena, and boxers Eumir Marcial and Irish Magno.
This is the first time the Olympics have been postponed. They had previously been canceled due to World War I and World War II./ASC, WDJ