MANILA, Philippines – The House Committee on Youth and Sports on Tuesday approved the resolution urging the Interagency Working Group (IATF) on Emerging Infectious Diseases to rank national athletes who are ready to compete or vying for a spot in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics and Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) on the frontline so that they can be prioritized for COVID-19 vaccination.

During its online meeting, the committee passed House Resolution 1507 tabled by Vice President Mikee Romero with the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, SEA Games and other international sporting events.

In tabling the resolution, Romero pointed out that this year, the Tokyo Olympics will be held from July 23 to August 8 while the SEA Games will be held from November 21 to December 2 in Vietnam.

Qualifying stages for the two major sporting events will take place as early as April and May this year, Romero said.

“It is imperative that our national athletes are classified on the front line, in order to prioritize their vaccination against COVID-19 as soon as possible, to ensure that they will be allowed to participate in the qualifying phases”, Romero said in the resolution. .

Romero said national athletes dedicate their physical condition to training to further improve their profession and bring honor and glory to the country.

“The State recognizes the importance of the development of sport to foster social progress and promote total human development. The state also recognizes the tireless and selfless sacrifice of our national athletes, ”said Romero.

The resolution will now go to plenary for further consideration.


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