FOUR days after Taal volcano spewed ash that blanketed Batangas and nearby provinces, the Philippine Sports Commission has stuck to its instructions to suspend outdoor training for all national athletes.
“We have been coordinating with the NSAs to look for training alternatives. But the PSC would always work on the safe side. We will be very prudent and vigilant on the health of the athletes,” PSC Senior Executive Assistant Marc Edward Velasco said, adding they recognize that good health is premium for the athletes’ performance.
The PSC suspended all outdoor training and physical activities of national athletes to ensure their safety and told them to train indoors for now.
“We cannot risk the health of our national athletes even after the ashfall has lessened. We try to see for another two days if we can resume the outdoor training,” added Velasco.
Some national teams which have been affected mostly by the recent Taal eruption are the windsurfing and skateboard athletes, both based in Batangas. Filipino windsurfers are training and staying in Mabini, Batangas which has been put under Alert Level 4 since Sunday.
“We also know that we cannot keep our training hanging for days, so we are now considering some alternatives like moving to Subic Bay Zambales or somewhere in Northern Luzon,” Philippine Windsurfing Association, Inc. President Manny Cabili said.