Olympics: EJ Obiena trains in Italy despite COVID-19 threat

Dennis Gasgonia, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 21 2020 09:18 PM

Pole vaulter EJ Obiena, one of the Filipino athletes who already qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, is on track with his training in Italy despite the continuing threat of the coronavirus pandemic.

Italy is one of the COVID-19 hotspots with over 4,000 deaths due to the virus.

Fortunately, Obiena is located hundreds of miles away from the badly hit northern Italy.

Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association head Philip Juico said they are constantly reminding the 24-year-old about the measures they have to take to make sure he is safe.

"He's still training in Formia, Italy but stays outside the training center," Juico said.

Obiena is the Philippines' first Olympic qualifier to the Tokyo Games, before being joined by Filipino gymnast Carlos Yulo and boxers Eumir Marcial and Irish Magno.

"He's with his coach. They know the rules and should be following them: Soap hands and social distancing," Juico said. "His training continues."

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