PH Olympians train abroad to get vaccinated in host countries

This photo taken on May 21, 2021 shows Olympic weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz of the Philippines lifting weights during a workout in Jasin in the Malaysian city of Malacca. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP)

MANILA, Philippines — Olympic athletes training outside the Philippines will receive their COVID-19 vaccine kits in their host country, the Philippine Olympic Committee said Thursday.

“I would like to express my gratitude to all our NOCs [national olympic committee] neighbors for helping our athletes get vaccinated, ”said CPO President Abraham“ Bambol ”Tolentino.

Hidilyn Diaz has already received the first dose of her vaccine and is expected to receive the second in Malaysia while Carlos Yulo and his trainer Munehiro Kugimiya will be vaccinated in Japan.

Tolentino said the Japanese Olympic Committee and the Japanese Gymnastics Association had assured him, as well as the president of the Philippine Gymnastics Association, Cynthia Carrion-Norton, that Yulo would be vaccinated in Japan.

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Boxers Nesthy Petecio, Irish Magno and Carlo Paalam will also be vaccinated in Thailand with their trainers Donald Abnett, Nolito “Boy” Velasco, Ronald Chavez, Elmer Pamisa and Reynaldo Galido.

Rogen Ladon, Ian Clark Bautista, James Palicte, Marjon Piañar, Risa Pasuit and Aira Villegas, who also train in Thailand, will be included in the vaccination program.

“Even if the vaccine is not compulsory at the Olympics, we cannot put the well-being and health of our athletes at risk, ”said Tolentino. “Once you test positive you are automatically out of the competition.”

Tolentino added that the POC is reaching out to pole vaulter EJ Obiena for a vaccination in Italy.

Rower Cris Nievarez has already received his first dose of COVID-19 vaccine on May 28 in Manila.

Taekwondo jin Kurt Barbosa and skater Margieyn Didal will receive their first dose this month.

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