MANILA, Philippines — Only five out of the six Filipino athletes competing for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Paralympics will push through after one athlete tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
In a statement, the Philippine Paralympic Committee announced that one official and one athlete tested positive for COVID-19. The agency said the said individuals are currently under isolation to contain the virus. No information was given on which Paralympian was tested positive for the virus.
Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman William Ramirez, during a public briefing on Monday (August 23), assured that all the athletes were vaccinated. He also said that the whole delegation is already in Tokyo to prepare for the Summer Paralympics on Tuesday (August 23).
“You’re not really sure, kung each one of us, whether you are going to the Olympics or not, [if] you are positive. It’s so unfortunate na isa sa mga atleta (that one of our athletes) tested positive,” he said.
Ramirez said the PSC will be extending its support to the said athlete. He also assured that the incident would further motivate the remaining athletes to do their best in bringing home the gold medal. –AAC