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No Rizal arena workouts yet for Olympic qualifiers

Boxers Eumir Marcial and Irish Magno will only be allowed to do workouts when the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex is finally reopened.

Boxers Eumir Marcial and Irish Magno
Officer-in-Charge Ramon Fernandez said this is what is being worked out following the Philippine Sports Commission’s joint meeting with Games and Amusements Board and the Department of Health last week.

The talks centered on the need of Olympic qualifiers to resume their training, together with those who are still to earn qualification slots.

Because of existing protocols on physical distancing, the athletes can’t be allowed to spar yet.

“May physical distancing protocols na mahigpit na susundin. We will still continue our talks and identify the facilities that can be used for training,” said Fernandez.

The meeting mapped out the protocols that will be observed by athletes and this will be sent to the Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases for approval.

Marcial has been training for the last four months in Imus, Cavite, while Magno is back in Baguio for her own series of preparations.

There are around 60 members of the national team who are still finding out if they can make it to the Tokyo Olympics.

Of this, there are seven national sports associations that are serious pursuing efforts to claim qualification berths to the Tokyo Olympics.

Since the lockdown started last March 15, the 24-year-old Marcial has been getting in shape through shadow boxing and exercises inside his home and with whatever available he has.

Because he has no equipment available, he cannot get far with his preparations.

On the other hand, Magno is able to train with other members of the national squad in Baguio City.

Topics: Eumir Marcial , Irish Magno , Rizal Memorial Sports Complex , Ramon Fernandez , Games and Amusements Board , Department of Health , Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases
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