After the 2020 Paralympic Games were postponed, the Philippine Paralympic Committee asked Philippine para-athletes and coaches to improve their health and protect themselves from the effects of the Pandona virus pandemic (Covid-19).
PPC President Michael Barredo also expressed hope that local government entities and the private sector could provide similar assistance to people with disabilities across the country.
"I would like to draw our government officials, LGUs and the private sector to the attention of providing support and access to basic needs for all people with disabilities, a very vulnerable sector of society," said Barredo.
The national para-athletes and trainers within the PPC are lucky because the Filipino Sports Commission has taken care of their needs.
Andrew Parsons, President of the International Paralympic Committee, announced the postponement of this year's Paralympics, which was originally planned from August 25 to September 25. 6 in Tokyo, Japan.
News of a postponement of the Paralympics for the next year came at the same time when the International Olympic Committee announced the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday evening.
“This is unprecedented. Everything is put on hold so everyone can focus on their health and well-being, and help each other fight and ultimately overcome Covid-19, ”said Barredo.
The Paralympics were reset a week after the Asean Para Sports Federation temporarily moved the 10th Asean Para Games, which the Philippines will host from October 3rd to 9th, on condition that the pandemic be under control is.
"We are faced with the reality that the corona virus is here and the uncertainty about what the future holds for us, the Para Games and the entire community," said Barredo in a letter to the Filipino para athletes and coach.
"Although we are not sure what the future holds, it is certain that with our unstoppable spirit we will face this challenge and tackle it directly and will never give up," added Barredo.
Swimmer Ernie Gawilan was the first Filipino to qualify at the 2020 Paralympics, while bronze medalists Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta (powerlifting) and Josephine Medina (table tennis) were also to qualify. INQ
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