Philippine Swimming Incorporated (PSI) has officially announced that the 2020 Philippine National Age Group Swimming Championships (PNAG 2020) has been postponed until further notice, via a memo released by PSI President Lailani Velasco Friday evening.
Citing the announcement of President Rodrigo Duterte last Thursday that he is placing the entire National Capital Region under community quarantine from March 15 to April 14 due to a number of local COVID-19 transmission, PSI has decided to cancel the April 30 to May 3 age group national games.
“Following our President’s pronouncement, we expect that a significant number of our swimming clubs/teams will not be able to train or find access to a pool as we strive to contain the spread of COVID-19.”
“Considering that the Philippine National Age Group Championships is a qualifying meet for the SEA Age Group Swimming Championships and in order to afford our swimmers the best opportunity to qualify for the said meet, we deem it prudent to postpone the conduct of the PNAG to a later date,” wrote Velasco in the memo.
With the community quarantine in NCR being implemented by the national government, the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic in Philippines should not be taken lightly, thus as the governing body of swimming in the country, it is just right to help protect it’s membership from the risk of being infected with the virus.
“We know that all of you have been working hard to prepare for our meets and we understand your frustration in the light of numerous postponements that we have announced. But we hope you understand that the unprecedented nature of this pandemic requires our whole community of nations to work as one to contain it,” added Velasco in the memo.
Philippine Swimming Federation is not only the national federations in Southeast Asia who has postponed the national championships. Last month, Singapore Swimming Federation has postponed their national age-group swimming championships, while this month, the Thailand Swimming Federation has also postponed their national age group champs.
Even the Tokyo Olympic Games this year is at risk of postponement.
Below is the full copy of the memo released by PSI yesterday.