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Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Weightlifting – Girls’s 55kg – Group A – Tokyo Worldwide Discussion board, Tokyo, Japan – July 26, 2021. Hidilyn Diaz of the Philippines in motion. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

High-level Filipino athletes throughout all sports activities needs to be cuddled in the identical method because the nation’s Olympians.

“Elite athletes needs to be given full assist the place they’ll compete for medals on the highest stage. In different phrases, they should be given the coaching, gear and publicity on the Olympic stage,” stated new commissioner Fritz Gaston of the Philippine Sports activities Fee (PSC).

Gaston received his appointment papers from President Marcos just lately, lastly finishing the five-man PSC board headed by Chair Dickie Bachmann.

Olympic gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz-Naranjo has the complete backing of the federal government sports activities company in her bid to say one other victory for the nation within the weightlifting competitions of the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Extra sports activities

FILE – The Philippines’ Carlos Edriel Yulo competes in the course of the Males’s Parallel Bars closing on the World Gymnastics Championships in Liverpool, northern England on November 6, 2022. (Picture by Paul ELLIS / AFP) /

Filipino gymnastics star Carlos Yulo and world No. 3 pole vaulter Ernest John Obiena have been afforded the identical therapy with excessive hopes that they might translate the assist to an Olympic podium efficiency.

Yulo has been neck-deep in his preparations to qualify to Paris whereas coaching in Japan, with Obiena, who is predicated in Italy, constantly competing towards the world’s finest in Europe.

Gaston, a former commissioner of the Video games and Amusements Board and nationwide ladies’s basketball coach, believes promising athletes from different sports activities can blossom into their most potential given the mandatory steerage and backing.

The qualifying tournaments for the 2024 Paris Summer time Video games are actually in full swing with over 100 Filipino nationwide athletes from varied sports activities aiming to safe these Olympic spots earlier than the qualifying deadline in June subsequent 12 months.

“We hope to have as many Filipino athletes as we will within the Olympics,” stated Gaston, who coached the Ateneo Blue Eagles throughout their 1988 UAAP title after enjoying for seven seasons within the Philippine Basketball Affiliation.

The French capital will host the quadrennial world Video games from July 26 to Aug. 11 with 329 gold medals at stake in 32 sports activities.


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