POC to send home coach who tested positive for COVID-19

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Philippine flag outside the Olympic village in Tokyo. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

TOKYO—The Philippine Olympic Committee will send a member of the country’s coaching staff home because of a positive COVID-19 test.

POC president Rep. Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino told journalists on Thursday that the coach will be sent home to “mitigate the risks.”

“TOCOG (Tokyo Olympics organizing committee) will isolate him and if he tests positive, he will be sent home,” said Tolentino.

“But we will send him home anyway because it’s difficult … and it will affect everybody and the athletes.”

The coach was initially tagged as a false positive before further tests confirmed the positive infection.

Tolentino did not identify the coach in an effort to keep athletes’ morale from being affected by the incident and also to protect the coach.

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