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Bacolod City, PhilippinesTuesday, June 23, 2009
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Angping wants flu test
for RP Team members

After a member of the RP football team tested positive for A(H1N1) virus, Philippine Sports Commission chairman Harry Angping asked the Department of Health to test for influenza the remaining members of the Philippine team bound for the 1st Asian Youth Games in Singapore.

The 14-year-old booter, who, according to RP Chef de Mission Col. Cesar Binag, is recovering under the care of Singapore Ministry of Sports, was part of the first batch of RP contingent who flew to Singapore on June 18.

The Philippines was supposed to play against Chinese-Taipei last Saturday but the match was postponed after laboratory result showed one of the RP players was A/H1N1 positive. The rest of the team tested negative.

Angping, who arrived in the Philippines from China Sunday, immediately flew to Singapore to check on the Filipino player.

“Nobody was giving me a clear picture of the team’s current condition,” Angping said yesterday in a statement circulated to mediamen through text.

“This is serious and it needs immediate action. I’ll see for myself what they need so we can provide at once whatever is necessary. The athletes’ welfare and safety is PSC’s utmost concern,” he added.

The rest of the 61-athlete RP contingent will have a send-off party on June 25 for the 14-17 multi-event competition which formally opens on June 29.

The AYG organizers announced that the qualifying meet for the next year’s first World Youth Games will go on even as contingency plan has been put in place.

“The bottom line is the Games will go on. But we will do it safely, The plans are in place. And in fact, what happened today, I think, it’s proof that things are working and the plans are robust,” Community Development, Youth and Sports Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said in an online report.

The members of the RP contingent have been given vaccination for flu by the Philippine Olympic Committee which will also send a three-man medical team to Singapore.*PNA




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