A TECHNICAL working group is set to be formed in preparation for the return of training for collegiate sports in the Philippines.
Commission on Higher Education (Ched) chairman Popoy de Vera said it will organize the technical working group along with the Games and Amusements Board, Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), Department of Health (DOH), and representatives of collegiate leagues to create guidelines for the resumption of training for collegiate athletes.
De Vera said they are looking at a maximum of three weeks for the technical working group to craft the guidelines that will allow college athletes to begin training amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said collegiate athletes will be allowed to train in general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified GCQ areas, but the CHED chairman clarified that training cannot start until the guidelines are completed.
The technical working group, to be headed by Ched executive director Cindy Haro, will draft the guidelines based on the Joint Administrative Order of the PSC, DOH and GAB for the resumption of training in professional sports.
“We will start with a smaller group of leagues involving schools so that we have a manageable number to start the TWG,” said De Vera during a virtual press conference on Monday.
“After starting with a smaller group, we will expand the consultation to cover other leagues being participated in by schools all over the country.”
Ched will also consult with the PSC for assistance with regards to specific sports guidelines.
“What we are organizing is the TWG first. Once the TWG is organized, we will target a working timeline of about two weeks and maybe a maximum of three weeks,” De Vera added.
Ched expects the top collegiate leagues in the country to be involved in the discussion within two weeks.
“You have to be a little patient with the timeline because there are two major challenges that we have to face. No. 1 is there are many leagues all over the country so we have to cascade and get them involved. No. 2 is there are different sports being played in all the leagues, maybe sports-specific things that we have to resolved as they prepare for training. Those are the things that we have to consider when we craft the guidelines,” said De Vera.