The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) said it will be establishing stringent health and safety protocols inside its so-called “Calambubble” and is prepared for possible scenarios where contenders for the rescheduled Olympic Games are training at the Inspire Sports Academy in Calamba, Laguna.

/ 20 January 2021

PSC national training director Marc Velasco shared that everything was a green light for national athletes from boxing, karate, and taekwondo who just entered the bubble to resume their face-to-face training for the next three months. 

“In terms of testing, we test them almost every week from the time they enter. Medyo stringent po ‘yung testing,” Velasco discussed in Tuesday’s Philippine Sportswriters Association online edition.

Velasco said that there are 57 participants who entered the bubble composed of athletes, coaches, and PSC personnel who underwent RT-PCR testing two to seven days before they left for the bubble and were tested again upon entry. 

In addition, athletes and coaches were required to wear face masks and face shields except in their actual training.

Deliveries were also allowed but sanitation procedures must first be done, said Velasco.

Velasco shared also that they are prepared for possible scenarios where there is a ‘bubble breach’, in which case, athletes will be isolated for five to 10 days.

They are also prepared where someone tests positive inside the bubble; the person will be transported directly to the quarantine facility such as the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex and Philsports Arena.

The training bubble will serve as a welcome development where it is equipped with training facilities such as boxing rings and mats which were transported by the PSC recently.

“We are trying our best to make the athletes’ stay there comfortable and also they will be able to train really well. It has sufficient facilities… In terms of equipment, kumpleto sila. They have been installing since the weekend. Ready na ang facility. Food is really good. Our medical team is there, the local government is offering a help,” Velasco said.