Filipino Jins wishing to conquer an Olympic berth have been given instructions on how to approach in the coming days as the Philippines continues to deal with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
“The gyms are still closed due to the increased quarantine in the community. But the athletes were given a program that they can run while inside their own four walls, ”Stephen Fernandez, director of regional affairs for the Philippine Taekwondo Association (PTA), told the investigator.
Fernandez said there were no immediate plans from the national sports association leadership, but stressed that changes to the schedules should be made once the suspension is over.
"We haven't had any discussions [within] about the club," he said. "If this quarantine period is lifted and we can meet again, PTA will definitely sit down to discuss the adjustments in the calendar."
The expanded quarantine of the Luzon parish expires on April 14, Tuesday.
According to Fernandez, the calendar contains an action plan for the Asian Qualifying Tournament (AQT), which was postponed to a date to be defined after the postponement of the Tokyo Summer Olympics to July 23 next year. Fernandez is also concerned about the possibility that the AQT will be postponed to a later date, which is why it is important to keep the national athletes in top shape.
PTA aims to win four gold winners from the Southeast Asian Games – Pauline Lopez, Sam Morrison, Dave Cea and Kurt Barbarosa – as pillars of the Philippines' Olympic offering. Kirstie Alora, who chose silver here during the SEA Games, remains an integral part of the plan after completing the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil. INQ
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