Because the quarantine restrictions restrict training, it was a sink-or-swim situation for many national athletes.
Roland Sabido, a Filipino Para Swim member, chooses the latter. "But sometimes I can swim in the open water," said Samar.
However, staying afloat was not easy.
"Before the closures, we prepared here for the Asean Para Games and the World Para Swimming Series in Singapore," Sabido told the Inquirer in Filipino on Saturday.
The events were discarded because of the pandemic of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). But the health crisis has canceled more than just competitions.
"Our biggest challenge right now is to return to our training pools," he said.
Sabido and the rest of the national team usually hold their daily training sessions at La Consolacion College in Pasig. And since most para-athletes are locked up in their respective homes, Sabido is one of those who struggle to be creative with their exercise program.
But Sabido, who lost his left leg in a motorcycle accident in 2011, is a survivor.
"Maybe we just have to get ready for the next Para Games when this pandemic is over," said Sabido.
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