The country’s Tokyo Olympics-bound athletes training abroad will get their Covid-19 vaccines in their host countries, Philippine Olympic Committee President Representative Abraham Tolentino said.
Tolentino noted, “Although vaccine is not mandatory in the Olympics, we cannot put the well-being and health of our athletes at risk. Once you’re tested positive, you’re automatically out of the competition.”
He shared Malaysia assured weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz and her team will get their second dose of the vaccine, while Japanese sports officials guaranteed the inoculation of gymnast Carlos Yulo and his Japanese coach.
Diaz and her conditioning and Chinese coaches have been training in Selangor, Malaysia for more than a year.
The boxers—particularly Olympic qualifiers Irish Magno, Nesthy Petecio and Carlo Paalam—will get their shots at their Thailand training camp. Eumir Felix Marcial has completed his vaccines in Las Vegas.