MANILA, Philippines – Volleyball Premier League club Perlas Spikers denied reports that the team violated health and safety protocols that led to seven of its players and one coach contracting COVID-19 during their bubble training. in the city of Baguio.
Eight players and a coach reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 after Perlas violated guidelines set by the team itself and the city government.
“In light of all the misinformation circulating on social media and the news about the situation of my team here in Baguio, I would like to clarify the following: We are not staying at the Teachers’ Camp. The only places we go to other than our accommodation are the training ground on the court and the gym, ”team captain Jem Ferrer said in a statement.
“And regarding the news that we sneaked out of the Teacher’s Camp that is 1,000% false because number 1, we did not stay there, and number 2, in our accommodation there is a CCTV that monitors us 24 hours a day , 7 days a week and that can show that we don’t walk out our doors except for on-court training and gym training as mentioned above. “
Statement from Perlas Spikers on Baguio Training Ground pic.twitter.com/8J8HpR2maD
– Pearls Spikers (@PerlasSpikers) June 28, 2021
The team, which is preparing for the possible organization of the PVL Open Conference this year, also emphasized that it strictly followed the setup of the training venue at home.
“As a show of respect and gratitude to the people of Baguio, the Perlas Spikers followed all the protocols. All members were accounted for at all times, and none went anywhere other than where we were staying and our training venue, on the LGU-provided bus in the middle, ”the statement said.
Ferrer also said that those who were infected with the virus are recovering in a quarantine facility.
“And we plan to continue following the protocols established by the RIATF, LGU and GAB until our last day here in Baguio.”
“We ask for your prayers for the seven players and one coach who tested positive after doing the RT-PCR tests. And as always, we hope to play volleyball again. “
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