Training of the national athletics team has been moved to the third week of January, according to the Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association (PATAFA).
PATAFA president Philip Juico said they are still finalizing some requirements while waiting from the green light from the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).
“We might get delayed for at least one week since we still need to fix a lot of requirements,” Juico said.
“We are still preparing the permits, endorsement of PSC on our protocols and also clearances to our athletes traveling from provinces.”
The training, held under the bubble, was initially set on Saturday, 16 January at the New Clark City (NCC).
Led by Southeast Asian Games women’s marathon gold medalist Christine Hallasgo, a total of 22 athletes, five coaches and one training director would enter the two-month training camp in the runup to the National Championships slated 19 to 21 March at the NCC Athletics Stadium.
Part of its preparations for the Southeast Asian Games in December in Vietnam, the NCC training will be held at a cost of P1 million, covering the food, board and lodging and other basic needs of all delegates inside the training facility.
Despite the delay in training, Juico maintained that national athletes remain determined and motivated to get back on track and work double time for their tournaments this year.
“Our athletes are still very excited and enthusiastic about the training. It will give them a chance to be together again and train better,” he added.
“And I can understand it, that’s their craft and they were not able to practice and prepare for it for a long time.”