After winning eleven gold medals for the Philippines at the 30th Southeast Asian Games last month, the local athletics association will strive to qualify for six bets for the Tokyo Olympics later this year.
And the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) immediately sits down with the best minds of the Philippine Athletics and Athletics Association (Patafa) and then ensures that all those athletics bets that they have are implemented an opportunity, to get the necessary financial boost.
PSC Chairman Butch Ramirez discussed with Patafa President Philip Ella Juico the details of the government's extensive support for the Olympic mission as it discussed the support of sprinter Kristina Knott, hurdler Eric Cray, pole vaulter Natalie Uy and shooter Willie Morrison spoke and marathon runner Christine Hallasgo will be considered in their respective qualification offers.
EJ Obiena, the top male pole vaulter in the region, made it to Tokyo after a 5.81 meter encounter in Chiara last September. The 24-year-old Obiena also finished 14th in the world rankings. The son of the pole vault, Emerson Obiena, who also won the gold medal at the SEA Games in the second generation and trained again in Italy during the Christmas holidays.
“Our goal is to maintain this dynamic at the Olympic Games and the SEA Games in Vietnam in 2021. We thank the PSC for its support, ”said Juico, when the Patafa sought to make the most appearances in the Olympic Games when the Japanese edition appeared.
The Filipino track players also won eight silver and eight bronze medals at the SEA Games, finishing third behind Vietnam and Thailand.
President Duterte has pledged great support to the government and pledged 100 million pesetas for athletes' exposure abroad in Tokyo.
"With the President's commitment to our national athletes, it is more than enough to maintain their overseas travel and the core team of every Olympic athlete," said Ramirez.
Patafa courtesy of long jumper Marestella Torres-Sunang, marathon runner Mary Joy Tabal and Cray sent three Olympians to the previous Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
Knott set the SEA Games record twice in the 200 meters, the second brought her the gold in 23.01 seconds.
She just missed being the fastest woman in the region after nearly losing a 100m focus the next night.
Meanwhile, after two false starts, Cray could not make it through the men's jump in the century, but won his pet 400 hurdles. INQ
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