MANILA, Philippines - Win or lose, the performances of the Filipino athletes in the forthcoming Asian Games in Incheon will be used as a gauge on where they really stand.
Richie Garcia, chef-de-mission of the Philippine delegation to this year’s Asian Games, said they will keep an eye on every Filipino athlete in Incheon.
Garcia, also chairman of the Philippine Sports Commission, which provides the bulk of the funding in sports, said focus will be on the priority athletes.
There are around 110 of these athletes which receive monthly allowances from the PSC ranging from P25,000 to P40,000.
The other athletes get much less from the PSC.
Garcia said non-performance could lead to demotion for any of these athletes. Besides, there are others striving to take their place.
“Their performances will be closely monitored in Incheon. We will see if they really tried or if they really gave their best,” he said.
Garcia expects all these athletes to contend for the medals, and in case they fail, the PSC chairman said it will still be easy to see if they gave their best.
“Kung ibinigay naman lahat then it’s okay ( it would be easy to see if they give it their best),” he said.
“Pero kung kulelat and ang takbo at galaw ay walang gana eh tanggalin na (But if they finish dead-last and if they move like they don’t even care then we will remove them from the list),” Garcia added.
Last Tuesday, Garcia called on the athletes to give their best in Incheon because if they do, then “the medals will come.”
The Philippines bagged four gold medals in the 2006 Asian Games in Doha and won three gold medals in 2010 in Guangzhou.
“I hope we can win more this time. Just give it your best,” said Garcia, who is scheduled to leave for Incheon on Tuesday for a four-day technical meeting.
Garcia said representatives from the competing countries will also get the chance to look at the Athletes Village and its condition.
“We will get to see how comfortable our athletes will be when they get there. We will also look at the headquarters of the technical officials,” he said.