MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine fencing team is planning to attend a training camp in South Korea as part of their preparation for this year’s 31st Southeast Asian Games.
National coach Rolando “Amat” Canlas said setting up a month-long camp in South Korea, a country known to be a world power in sports, is one of two possible options for the team’s preparations ahead of the November biennial meeting in Hanoi. , Vietnam.
The other is to bring snipers from Korea to the Philippines, which is a more plausible route given travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our plan B, which would cost less, is just to bring a dozen Korean fencers here so that we can practice against a tough competition. This is our second option, ”Canlas said on Tuesday at the PSA forum.
Canlas added that without the quarantine measures that had to be observed due to the pandemic, the team was also supposed to travel to Hong Kong for another two-week training.
“Quarantine is going to kill us. When you go to Hong Kong, the quarantine period is 21 days, so it takes a long time. In Korea, the problem is that their quarantine is 14 days, ”Canlas said, adding that he already had a prior agreement with Korea to train again in the country in the same way as the team. had done before at the 2019 SEA Games.
“When we went there for a month [in 2019], it cost us so much and now you add the cost of the quarantine. “
The team is also likely to undergo bubble training again in Ormoc City, where the president of the Philippine Fencing Association (PFA) Richard Gomez is the current mayor, just as she has. when she prepared for the Olympic qualifying tournament last month.
The federation will host the National Fencing Championships, a qualifier for the SEA Games, at Ormoc City Superdome from July 3-11.
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