Official: Concern over Pinoy athletes' morale after Tokyo Olympics postponed

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 26 2020 12:26 AM

Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman William “Butch” Ramirez on Wednesday said he has directed government sports psychologists to aid athletes to cope with the postponement of the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Japan and the International Olympic Committee have agreed to push the games back until 2021, hoping that the threat of the coronavirus has waned by then.

However, the postponement could inflict a toll on the morale of local athletes, especially boxers Eumir Marcial and Irish Magno, pole vaulter EJ Obiena and gymnast Carlos Yulo, who have all endured heavy training to prepare for the Games.

“We have mobilized our sports psychology unit to actively check on our athletes and conduct guidance counselling (online or by phone for now) for our athletes who might need their support given the challenges which resulted from these developments,” Ramirez said.

Other Filipinos actively pursuing to get themselves qualified for the Tokyo Games include Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz, judoka Kyomi Watanabe, skateboarder Margielyn Didal and world champion amateur boxer Nesthy Petecio.

Ramirez said he supports the IOC’s decision to postpone the Games for everyone’s safety.

“I have always expressed that I favor its (Olympics) postponement, given the way this crisis seems to be taking,” he said.

“As I have mentioned before, safety and health of everyone is a top priority.”

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