PSC-POC Asian Games task Force members Tom Carrasco and Paul Icasas at the PSA Forum in Shakey's Malate. Photo by Dennis Gasgonia, ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine task force for the 2014 Asian Games will be sending just over 100 athletes to Incheon, South Korea in September.
Tom Carrasco, member of the Philippine Olympic Committee-Philippine Sports Commission (POC-PSC) task force, said they have already encouraged their member national sports associations (NSAs) to submit the names of athletes who deserve to represent the country in the XVII Asiad.
“Sinabi namin sa mga NSAs na wala na kaming bolahan. Don’t waste our time,” he said during Tuesday’s Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum.
“We will look into their performance right after noong 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 in Asian, regional and international world cup competitions,” said Carrasco. “Kailangan top 20 ka overall o top 5 sa Asian level.”
Task force official Paul Icasas, for his part, said they have already set an August deadline for the submission of the athletes’ credentials. This means, that athletes’ performances in qualifying competitions up to August will be put in consideration.
“Siguro maglalaro sa 120 hanggang 100 lang ang athletes na ipapadala natin. Kasama na doon ang team sports at may chance pang lumiit ang numerong ito,” Icasas said.
“We gave them a deadline, they can give us the names, we'll accredit them but there's no guarantee na lahat ng iyon makakasama,” he added.
In the 2010 Asiad in Guangzhou, the Philippines fielded 188 athletes who competed in 29 sports. The country nabbed a total of three gold, four silver and nine bronze medals during the Games.
Carrasco said the Philippines is expected to participate in 20 of the 36 sports calendared in the Games, including 26 Olympic and traditional disciplines.
He also said the PSC has already allotted a supplemental budget for the athletes’ preparations for the Incheon Games.
“Chairman [Richie] Garcia has allotted P50-million additional budget for their training. Bukod pa ito sa 2014 budget, kung kailangan pa ng training may naisama nang supplemental budget,” said Carrasco.
The XVII Asiad is set to take place from September 19 to October 4 with 437 events in 36 sports and disciplines.