Canoe-kayak bets to train in Tacloban

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    NATIONAL coach Lenlen Escollante intends to set up a training camp for some athletes of the combined canoe-kayak and dragon boat teams, including the Olympic hopefuls, by mid-March in Tacloban, Leyte for their build-up to the 31st Vietnam Southeast Asian Games in November.

    “We are planning to send a total of 12 members of our national team, including coaches, to Tacloban because of the less (COVID-19) restrictions over there so they can really train properly for the Vietnam SEA Games,” Escollante said.

    She added that all of the national athletes for both men and women, plus the coaching staff, numbering about 30 plus, were still at the Philippine Canoe Kayak and Dragon Boat Federation training camp in Taytay, Rizal, which remains under general community quarantine.

    Tacloban City is under the less strict modified general community quarantine, where travel among its residents is unrestricted while maintaining the usual minimum health and safety standards.

    She said among those who will be with the squad are Hermie Macaranas, Ojay Fuentes and John Paul Silencio, who are being eyed to compete in the Asian Canoe Slalom Championships, an Olympic qualifying event, set May 5 to 7 in Pattaya, Thailand.

    The national campaigners will seek Olympic slots in the 1,000-meter men’s doubles race, according to Escollante.