Some 46 athletes and coaches, including Tokyo-bound boxer Irish Magno and 2019 world women’s champion Nesthy Petecio, converged at the Inspire Sports Academy in Calamba, Laguna where they will start their Olympic preparation.
The 27-member boxing team entered the “Calambubble” on January 15 while the national jins and karatekas followed suit the next day for the training expected to last until March.
The Philippine Sports Commission, which earmarked 15 million pesos for the three-month camp already set an online orientation of all involved delegations.
PSC commissioner Ramon Fernandez said, “We…emphasize the safety protocols you will be needing for this Olympic training bubble. I am confident that we can all adjust to this, but know that your safety is paramount to the PSC.”
The PSC is also sending its doctors, therapists, psychologists, nutritionists, masseurs and staff members to ensure safety protocols will be observed.