The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) will no longer open additional training facilities that would cater to athletes preparing for the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.
PSC commissioner Ramon Fernandez yesterday said only the facilities that were given clearance by the government will be made available to athletes.
Among those that will be used by member of the national team are the ones inside the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex (RMSC) in Manila, Philsports Complex in Pasig City and Teacher’s Camp in Baguio City.
Tipped to avail of the training facilities are those from wushu, boxing, swimming, judo, weightlifting, arnis and athletics.
The swimmers and tracksters will stay at Philsports while athletes of wushu, judo, weightlifting, arnis and wrestling will stay at RMSC and boxers at Teacher’s Camp.
They will be housed at the dormitories inside the venues with their respective federations covering their meals.
But Fernandez said they can’t afford to offer additional facilities for health and safety reasons.
They can find venues outside the metro if they want.
“Whatever is there, that will be the only ones to be used inside,” said Fernandez, also the country’s chief of mission in the SEA Games.
He added that national sports associations are free to use training facilities in the provinces as Metro Manila remains under Alert Level 3 due to the surge of Covid-19 cases.
“They can find venues outside the metro if they want,” Fernandez said.
“We can’t accommodate too much here.”