POC urges sports bodies to suspend events, competition amid virus alert


Posted at Feb 14 2020 06:37 PM

The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) will comply with the government's directive to halt holding public events in the wake of the COVID-19 upsurge.

"The Philippine Olympic Committee stands behind government in its precautionary measure of advising everyone to desist from organizing, participating or attending events where big crowds are expected," POC president Abraham Tolentino said in a statement Friday.

"We must always put the safety of athletes, coaches, officials and spectators at the very top of our priorities." 

Tolentino thus called on all national sports federations to follow government advisories and wait for updates from authorized agencies.

The Philippine Sports Commission has postponed a number of national events, while the country deals with the 2019 novel coronavirus. 

PSC chairman William Ramirez said the National Sports Summit 2020, the Philippine National Games, Batang Pinoy, and Children’s Games will be rescheduled, although no dates were mentioned.

Seminars and other gatherings with 40 or more participants have also been shelved indefinitely.

The ASEAN Paragames, penciled for March 20 to 28, has also been postponed.

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