JAKARTA -- With the Philippines still searching for its first gold medal after two days of competition in the 2018 Asian Games, the country’s ambassador to Indonesia has offered another incentive to the Filipino athletes.
Lee Hiong Wee, the Philippine Ambassador to Indonesia, has pledged P1-M to gold medalists in the Asiad, according to Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) official Ed Picson.
“I believe in the new POC leadership,” Wee said. “I commit my personal support to Philippine sports.”
The Philippines won two bronze medals courtesy of the men’s and women’s poomsae teams, and another bronze from Agatha Wong in wushu in the first two days.
Pauline Lopez of taekwondo is also assured of bronze after advancing to the semifinals in the women’s -57-kg division.
But the Filipino athletes have yet to produce a gold medal.
Medalists in the Asian Games are set to receive incentives from the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), as per Republic Act No. 10699 or the National Athletes and Coaches Benefits and Incentives Act.
Gold medalists in the Asian Games receive P2 million, silver medalists receive P1 million, and bronze medalists get P400,000.
The Siklab Atleta Pilipinas Sports Foundation has also pledged to give cash prizes to Asian Games medalists.
The private organization will reward gold medalists with P1 million, silver medalists with P500,000, and bronze medalists with P250,000.
"We want to help fuel the country’s dream of global recognition in sports. Through this incentive, we hope to motivate and inspire our athletes to excel and bring pride to our country,” said Siklab Atleta chairman and Presidential Adviser on Sports Dennis Uy.
“To our athletes, your hard work and determination to excel despite adversities is an inspiration to your fellow Filipinos. You can count on the support of Siklab as you represent the best of our country to the world,” Uy said.
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