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Bowlers hope for
re-opening of alleys


Top bowlers in Baguio City, where a P500,000 national event was cancelled in March, are hoping the city will include the opening of bowling alleys as there is no contact among players in said sport.

Jayson Nikko Go, president of the Summer Capital Ten Pin Bowling Association, said that bowling is “non-contact sport” and the number of players can be maintained with possible scheduling.

Go, who is also the executive vice president of the Philippine Bowling Federation (PBF), said the opening of lanes will depend on the Inter-agency Task Force but they first need to have an audience with the Philippine Sports Commission.

He said that the PBF has already made some policies on the conduct of games.

“We are awaiting actions of the national (IATF) since the PBF has authored said policies and if approved, this will be applied in the city,” he said.

The opening of lanes, which have been closed due to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, has not only saw the annual bowling tournament deferment but also regular leagues.

Last week, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, head of the national task force on the government’s coronavirus disease (Covid-19) response, said only sports where physical distancing can be observed will be permitted under GCQ.

He said non-contact sports such as tennis, golf, and biking are allowed in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ).

“Sports that are authorized now are non-contact sports like biking, tennis, and golf because they can distance themselves from each other,” Lorenzana said.

He said collision or contact sports such as boxing, wrestling, and basketball will stay prohibited under GCQ.

“Boxing, wrestling, and others are not allowed. They’re contact sports; they require physical contact and even embracing. So, we don’t have guidelines for that because it’s not authorized,” Lorenzana said.

However, he expressed hope that contact sports may eventually be allowed once the Covid-19 situation improves.*PNA


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