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PSC to continue giving allowances to athletes and coaches

PSC to continue giving allowances to athletes and coaches

By Kristel Satumbaga

Philippine Sports Commission chairman Butch Ramirez assured Monday the agency will continue the allowances of national athletes and coaches in light of the continued lockdown due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

PSC chairman Butch Ramirez said the agency is committed to support its athletes, coaches and employees in light of the current global health crisis.

PSC chairman Butch Ramirez said the agency is committed to support its athletes, coaches and employees in light of the current global health crisis. (MB File Photo)

Ramirez said they are looking at the athletes’ welfare with the current situation after trainings and competitions were halted following the global health crisis.

“If the contagion continues, we have to act positively. I remember one leadership principle is to be alert with the present environment and move forward,” Ramirez told the Manila Bulletin.

The PSC chief also said salaries of the government sports agency’s employees will also continue despite closing its facilities due to the outbreak.

“Our athletes, coaches and employees understand the situation and I hope that they will react positively,” he said.

Some of its officials, though, are doing the extra work of providing assistance to athletes and coaches billeted at the Philsports Complex in Pasig City who were unable to return home particularly to their respective provinces.

There are 28 athletes, four Filipino coaches and two Korean coaches being assisted at the said complex.

“These are extraordinary times which call for extraordinary commitment and service from all of us,” Ramirez said in an earlier interview, adding that they will be provided with food, recreation facilities and medical monitoring.

The agency is also ensuring the sanitation activities on both venues.

As early as last weekend, the PSC has asked its athletes to return home until the quarantine is lifted.

In previous announcements, the agency locked down its two major facilities in Manila: the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Vito Cruz and the Philsports Complex in Pasig City.

Meanwhile, Philippine Olympic Committee president Bambol Tolentino urged athletes and coaches to be extra cautious if they plan on training at home.

“We should follow the government’s order,” he said.

The coronavirus outbreak, which had claimed thousands of lives and infected more across the globe, has put international sporting events on a standstill including the NBA, ATP, WTA, Masters and other football leagues.

Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are still on continuous meetings if they should push through or delay the Games.

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