The Philippine National Karate team is currently training overseas in preparation for the 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) as well as the Olympic qualifying tournaments for next year's Tokyo Olympic Games.
The Philippine National Shooting team is all fired up to compete in the Asian Shooting Championships on Nov. 2-11 in Doha, Qatar and will try to book slots in next year's Olympic Games.
This year's edition of the Asian Championships has been declared as the last Olympic Qualifying for Asia by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for next year's Tokyo Olympic Games.
The top three finishers in each of the shotgun, rifle and pistol events of the tournament will gain quota places or outright qualification to the 2020 Tokyo Olympiad.
Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman William Ramirez is hopeful of the shooters’ victory, saying the country needs more qualifiers to Tokyo.
“We now have two Olympians in Tokyo, but we need more. That is why the PSC is supportive of all these exposures and competitions so that our athletes get big chances at making it to the ultimate competition of their careers—the Olympics,” Ramirez said.
So far, gymnast Carlos Yulo and pole vaulter EJ Obiena have clinched their slots in the Tokyo Games.
It will be recalled that Shotgun shooter Hagen Topacio two years ago won the Men's Individual Trap silver medal in the Asian Shooting Championships in Kuwait.
The 2016 Asian Championships was also an Olympic qualifying event for the Rio Olympiad but the IOC later pulled out its recognition after organizers refused an Israeli technical official’s entry to Kuwait.
Topacio is eyeing a repeat of his silver medal feat to earn a slot in next year's Tokyo summer games.
The other members of the men's trap team are Eric Ang, Carlos Carag and Jethro Dionisio.
Jeson Valdez and Amparo Acuna are also capable of podium finish in the mixed rifle event which will be played for the first time in the Tokyo Games.
Other shooters competing in the Asian Championships are Dennis Basila and Sean Ocampo in rifle, Michael Angelo Fernandez, Marcelo Gonzales, Shanin Gonzalez and Juliet Arellano in the pistol events
The Philippine shooting team is also aiming for the golds in shotgun trap event, Mixed Rifle event, Benchrest light Varmint, Heavy Varmint, Metallic silhouette pistol and rifle events.
The Philippine Shooting Team had several international training and exposures in Italy and other parts of Europe with the full support from the PSC, including its participation in the Asian Olympic Qualifying tournament in Doha Qatar next month.
PHILIPPINE baseball is coming back to the Southeast Asian region in a big way thanks to a motley group of young batters from the collegiate ranks, its new leadership and the all-out support of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).
Philippine Amateur Baseball Association (PABA) president Chito Loyzaga is at the front and center of what he anticipates to be a baseball renaissance in the country, beginning with a looming gold medal in the coming 30th Southeast Asian Games, which the country is hosting.
“Our biggest competitor in baseball are Indonesia and Thailand because may mga programa rin sila sa mga lower age levels. But I will bet my name, siguradong gold tayo this time,” Loyzaga said of his wards in the sport of baseball that is making a comeback to the SEA Games after three absences.
The team is currently playing in the2019 Asian Baseball Championship in Taichung, Taiwan as part of its final preparations for the biennial meet.
“We are on schedule. When the men’s team comes back (from Taiwan), I think we’ll have a few practices here and siguro mga two weeks before sometime in the middle of November, doon na sila mag-eensayo sa Clark para masanay na sila sa venue, sa talbog ng bola, sa lahat.”
After stunning China in the Asian tournament on Wednesday, 1-0, the Philippines bowed to South Korea, 2-12. On the same day, the Chinese beat the Koreans, 4-3, forcing a three-way tie at 2-1 (win-loss) among the Philippines, China and Korea. A better tie-break record, however, put South Korea and China in the super round, alongside Japan and host Chinese Taipei.
But for Loyzaga, son of Filipino basketball great Carlos Loyzaga, the message was loud and clear – the Philippines belongs in the big league.
“This is really part of their training program that they underwent in preparation for the SEAG. Doon sa Men’s Championship, nandoon 'yung mga big countries, among them are Japan, Korea, and Chin. That was the game plan, to win over China,” said Loyzaga.
“Unfortunately lang, hindi tumugma dahil hindi naman under our control na natalo ng China ang Korea. Kahit ano pa man, sabi ko sa kanila na we will stick to our game plan and I’m happy for all of you for achieving something and we did what we have to do and we were also able to show to everyone that we are here to compete.”
“ I want to take this opportunity to thank the Philippine Sports Commission for all the support they have given to us, not only sa national team. As of now, we have established the first-ever Philippine women’s baseball team and they will compete next month in China, representing the country,” said Loyzaga.
“It’s in our mandate to support sports projects, as many as our funds can allow,” Ramirez said. “And baseball, which had produced great Filipino athletes in the past, is among the sports where we are hoping to see a revival.”
Loyzaga assumed the sport's presidency only in June of last year but in such a short time, the team was able to focus on its immediate task, which was to prepare for the SEA Games by forming two baseball tournaments before and after the University Athletic Association of the Philippines to give the players actual game-time experience. The PABA has also formed its first-ever women's baseball team.
“This post-season game was really intended to prepare the team to the recent international game. At least masanay sila, more games. Though being champion is not in our radar, ang objective talaga namin was to perform well. And one of our objectives also na sana matalo natin ang China,” said Loyzaga, whose wards comprise mostly of players from the UAAP.(PR)
The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) sealed the deal with Otsuka-Solar Philippines Inc., the pharmaceuticals company behind Pocari Sweat, as the official sports drink of the agency at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City.
With the goal of promoting the health of Filipino athletes, the PSC has partnered with the Japanese pharmaceutical company to provide the beverage for our sportsmen.
PSC Commissioner Celia Kiram, representing PSC Chairman William Ramirez, delivered her welcoming remarks giving praise to the initiative taken by Pocari Sweat in service of Filipino athletes, more importantly, the upcoming 30th edition of the Southeast Asian Games.
“ I am really so flattered to welcome you this morning for the signing ceremony of our collaboration with Pocari Sweat. We in the Philippine Sports Commission, on behalf of the Chairman, would like to thank you so much for your trust given to us, for sponsoring our athletes, our coaches, especially for this coming Southeast Asian Games. We do hope that this collaboration will be prolonged for our athletes. And with that, we hope we can also collaborate with you, in terms of whatever aspect we can give you. So for the athletes, this will be our official drink,” she said.
Mr. Kohei Oyamada, President and Managing Director of Otsuka-Solar Philippines Inc., shared his delight about the partnership and the company’s motivation propelling the tie-in with PSC.
“We want the opportunity to collaborate with the PSC for the better health of the Filipino people, not only the athletes, but also people who love sports,” he remarked.
Pocari Sweat, an ion drink launched in Japan in 1980, made its way in the Philippines in 2007. It is an electrolyte beverage formulated to prevent dehydration especially for physically-active individuals. PSC Commissioner Kiram has noted the beverage’s safety for the athletes making it the ideal sports drink of the national athletes.
“For most health drinks any medicine had to pass through PHINADO. This was already approved and recommended by them to be used by the athletes without any components of prohibited drugs. We in the PSC really would like to partner with other private organizations that can support our athletes because government cannot do it alone,” she said.
PHINADO or Philippine National Anti-Doping Organization, is the sole entity responsible for the implementation of anti-doping policies for the Southeast Asian Games. PHINADO Head Dr. Alejandro Pineda also joined the contract signing.
“On behalf of the Philippine National Anti-Doping Organization (PHINADO) working with the Philipppine Sports Commission, I would like to thank Otsuka Solar Philippines Inc. for the generosity to support our athletes,” he noted.
Also present in the ceremony are PSC Commissioner Charles Maxey, PSC Executive Director Merlita Ibay Executive Assistant of the Office of the Chairman Marc Edward Velasco, PSC Acting Chief, Accounting Division Erik Jean Mayores, and President of Federated Distributors Inc. Ronald Tieng. (PR)
STUTTGART – Continuing to improve by leaps and bounds, Carlos Edriel Yulo joined elite company in placing 10th overall in the men’s all-around finals of the 49th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships at the Hans Martin Schleyer Halle here on Friday.