PH athletics association plans to hold a national open in Baguio in December

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 15) — The Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (PATAFA) is aiming to hold a national open in Baguio at the end of the year.

This is part of the local athletes' preparations for the 2022 Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Philip Juico, the association's president, said they have already sent their proposal and safety protocols to the Philippine Sports Commission.

"We have submitted our proposal to the Philippine Sports Commission and the safety protocols. I guess that will be reviewed by the IATF. That is the fourth time we have sent our proposal for the training camp and to hold a national open in Baguio to end the year," he told CNN Philippines' Sports Desk Wednesday.

Juico added they want to stage the athletics meet in Baguio so the athletes can familiarize themselves with the weather in Vietnam should it push through the same time next year.

The PATAFA chief added that the plan may still change as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the country.

"We hope to hold it at the track in Burnham Park around the middle of December when it's cold. That aims to mimic the temperature in Hanoi around November to January as if the SEA Games will be held that time," he said. "We really meant to train in Baguio so that we can acclimatize ourselves for the same weather in Hanoi around that time but things may change and we have to adjust."