Philippines faces ‘uphill battle’ in Vietnam SEA Games

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Athletes and officials from the Philippines march during the opening ceremony of the SEA Games (Southeast Asian Games) at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan province, north of Manila on November 30, 2019.

Athletes and officials from the Philippines march during the opening ceremony of the SEA Games (Southeast Asian Games) at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan province, north of Manila on November 30, 2019. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

MANILA, Philippines—Duplicating its 2019 success in the upcoming Vietnam Southeast Asian Games would admittedly be difficult for Philippines after its preparations were put on hold due to the increasing COVID-19 cases in the country.

In an interview with Noli Eala’s Power & Play program, Philippine Olympic Committee President Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino said training for the regional event has been a challenge after the government placed Metro Manila under Alert Level 3 effectively stopping contact sports.

Tolentino added that the quickest way to continue the athletes’ training is to travel outside Metro Manila and train in areas under…

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