Guidelines for training bubble of SEA Games-bound teams set

THE government, through Joint Administrative Order (JAO) No. 2020-0001 on Sports, issued supplemental guidelines for the conduct of bubble training of Hanoi 31st Southeast Asian Games-bound teams.

The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), Games and Amusements Board (GAB) and the Department of Health (DOH) made the joint order which applies only to the members of the national team—both for contact and non-contact sports.

The joint order involves the national sports associations in close coordination and endorsement by the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) and Philippine Paralympic Committee (PPC) to the PSC.

National athletes and personnel below 18 years old are required to have written parental consent.

“We would like to thank the government through the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases [IATF-EID] for approving the JAO guidelines,” PSC Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez said. “This will boost the morale of our national team members as they prepare for the SEA Games.”

The bubble-type trainings will be implemented under strict supervision and monitoring of the PSC Medical Scientific Athletes Services (MSAS) Unit and JAO-designated Health and Safety Officers who will continuously monitor the health status of all individuals involved during and after the activity.

Only areas placed under moderate and low-risk community quarantine classifications can host bubble trainings with a maximum number of individuals allowed—based on the risk assessment of the PSC, POC, PPC and respective NSAs.

Plans and activities must be coordinated with the host local government unit and Regional IATF.

The PSC is also studying the possibility of hosting the bubble training for athletics, boxing and karate in its Baguio City facility.

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