The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) encouraged national athletes to have indoor trainings following the eruption of Taal Volcano over the weekend.
PSC senior executive assistant Marc Velasco said everything is now back to normal as far as the athletes’ training for various major competitions is concerned, but they still want to put premium on their health by encouraging national sports associations (NSA) to look for indoor training venues.
Sports that would be affected by this memorandum are athletics, aquatics, baseball, softball, triathlon, road racing, archery, football, golf, sailing, surfing, windsurfing and tennis.
“Now it’s back to normal. The air quality in Metro Manila had gotten better. Everything is now cleared, even the baseball training and football matches,” said Velasco, the trusted deputy of PSC chairman William “Butch” Ramirez.
“We have been coordinating with the NSAs to look for training alternatives. But then, PSC would always work on the safe side. We will be very prudent and vigilant on the health of the athletes.”
Velasco said although training for various Olympic qualifying tournaments is their utmost priority, they cannot risk the health and well-being of the national athletes.
“We cannot risk the health of our national athletes even after the ashfall has lessened. We try to see for another two days if we can resume the outdoor training,” he said.
Velasco added that the training of the windsurfing team in Mabini, Batangas had been heavily restricted after the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology put the town under Alert Level 4 following the eruption of Taal Volcano.
“Definitely the training of windsurfing in Batangas is not allowed, likewise the other areas such as Tagaytay Skate Park,” he said.
“If we have athletes near those areas, then they are not supposed to train there.”