THE Philippine Sports Commission is keen on pushing through its plans of setting up a training camp for the country’s Olympic qualifiers in Tokyo two months before the 2020 Games unfold in the Japanese capital in August, according to Commissioner Ramon Fernandez.
“The P160 million that the PSC has earmarked for the training of our Olympic hopefuls, I believe, is more than enough to cover the expenses for the training camp,” Fernandez said yesterday.
The former four-time pro league MVP said the money will partly come from the P100 million that President Duterte announced he would give for the Olympic build-up during the awarding of incentives to the country’s medalists in the 30th Southeast Asian Games at Malacanang last month.
“The remaining P60 million is from the additional P500 million that Speaker Allan Peter Cayetano (chairman of the Philippine SEAG Organizing Committee) asked from the PSC for the cost of hosting the SEA Games,” he said. “Hopefully, there is still money left from that assistance.”
Fernandez stressed there is a need for the Olympic-bound athletes to have enough time to adjust to conditions during the actual Games, considering the Japanese climate is expected to be hot during that period.
“We want our athletes to acclimatize and fit once they compete in their respective events in the Olympics,” he said.
One athlete who won’t need any major adjustment is gymnast and SEA Games double gold medalist Carlos Edriel Yulo, the world floor exercise gymnastics champion, who has been training in Tokyo for over four years under Japanese coach Munehiro Kugimiya.