PSC mulls shutdown of Rizal Memorial, PhilSports as COVID cases surge

Published April 10, 2021, 1:24 PM

by Kristel Satumbaga-Villar

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Rizal Memorial Coliseum (MB Photo / Ali Vicoy)

The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) is waiting for a directive from the Office of the President if it could lock down its facilities in Manila and Pasig City due to the rising COVID-19 cases of its employees.

Sources said the government sports agency has already written a request to lock down the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila and the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City after active cases increased from 18 last month to 42 as of writing.

According to the Memorandum Circular No. 85, only the Office of the President could give clearance to shut down a government facility in the event there is an overwhelming number of COVID-19 cases.

At the moment, PSC commissioners as well as PSC Chairman Butch Ramirez are residing and working inside the Philsports Complex.

Sources said they are healthy and doing well, but are minimizing contact as extra precaution while still doing their active duties.

The PSC remains busy amid the pandemic as athletes are still vying for berths for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. The country so far has six qualifiers to the Games.

The government sports agency is also looking at ways to help athletes continue with their training programs for the 2021 Southeast Asian Games in Vietnam late this year.

The country seeks to send around 600 athletes to the biennial meet.