Philippines suspends ASEAN Para Games indefinitely

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Posted at Feb 14 2020 10:13 PM

Organizers of the 10th ASEAN Para Games decided not to push through with the competition as originally scheduled for the safety of its participants. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News/file

The Philippines has already forwarded to the ASEAN Para Sports Federation its recommendation to postpone the 10th ASEAN Para Games amid the COVID-19 alert.

Michael Barredo, Philippine Paralympic Committee head, sent to ASEAN Para Sports Federation president Major General Osoth Bhavilai a copy of the decision by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) board.

The Para Games were scheduled to be held March 20 to 28.

"In the interest of public health and security, we write to respectfully inform you of the board decision to strongly recommend the indefinite postponement of the 2020 ASEAN Para Games, given the risks present by the (COVID-19) health crisis," Barredo's correspondence read.

"The 10th ASEAN Para Games hosted by the Philippines shall be postponed indefinitely with the condition that if the corona virus outbreak is successfully under effective control, the 10th ASEAN Para Games should be effectively organized within the year of 2020."

Besides the ASEAN Para Games, PSC chairman William Ramirez also announced the rescheduling of the National Sports Summit 2020, the Philippine National Games, Batang Pinoy, and Children’s Games due to coronavirus concerns.

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