The Philippines' chef de mission to the Tokyo Olympics said national officials are looking to send at least 15 athletes to the Japan Games next year.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News' Dyan Castillejo, Mariano "Nonong" Araneta described that number is ideal.
"There are 15 sports. These include rowing, canoe-kayak, archery, fencing, athletics, golf, karate, judo, triathlon, boxing, weightlifting (and) skateboarding," Araneta said.
"So 15 (athletes) is a good figure."
Four Filipinos have qualified so far -- Eumir Marcial and Irish Magno in boxing, Carlos Yulo in gymnastics, and pole-vaulter EJ Obiena.
Other athletes who have a shot at going to Tokyo are: Olympic silver medalist weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, judoka Kiyomi Watanabe, athletics' Kyla Richardson and Willie Morrison, cyclists Ariana Dormitorio and Daniel Caluag, and boxer Nesthy Petecio.
Araneta said he has been in talks with various sports federations, so they can submit to the national COVID-19 task force training guidelines intended for the Olympic hopefuls.
According to Araneta, officials expect Olympic qualifiers to resume in 2021. He added that they want the athletes to prepare as early as possible.
"We want them to train 'yung Olympics na muna... Hopefully these athletes can qualify for the Olympics," Araneta said.
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