PH Paralympic bet, coaches, officials test positive for COVID-19

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 22) – One of the six Filipino para-athletes bound for the Tokyo Paralympics and some coaches and officials tested positive for COVID-19.

Philippine Paralympic Committee president Mike Barredo confirmed the news, without naming the delegation members who contracted the virus.

“It is unfortunate for us to inform the public that some officials, coaches, and a para-athlete of our Philippine delegation bound for Tokyo to participate in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games have tested positive for COVID-19,” said Barredo in a statement.

Team Philippines chef-de-mission Francis Diaz told CNN Philippines the para-athlete who tested positive for COVID-19 is not eligible anymore to compete in the Tokyo Paralympics.

“Because of IATF’s default Covid management protocols of 10 day quarantine/isolation, wala na (the athlete cannot compete anymore),” said Diaz.

Barredo said those who tested positive for the virus were not part of the Philippine Paralympic contingent who left for Japan on Sunday. He assured that they are undergoing isolation.

“Despite this setback, we are confident that our athletes will give their best in the pursuit of their Paralympic dreams and to bring honor and glory to our country,” Barredo said.

The Tokyo Paralympics is scheduled from Aug. 24 to Sept. 5.