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POC discussing with PSC, IATF to let Olympic aspirants continue training

POC president Bambol Tolentino wants the Philippine athletes to train again as they vie for Olympic spots. Ivan Saldajeno (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--The POC, IATF, and the PSC are now working toward possibly providing the Filipino athletes who are still vying for spots in the Tokyo Olympics continuous training despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

POC president Bambol Tolentino bared the development during an online press conference on Monday.

"We're discussing with PSC and IATF na payagan nang mag-train those who [are] still seeking for the qualifier," Tolentino said.

So far, only four Filipinos, pole vaulter EJ Obiena, gymnast Caloy Yulo, and boxers Eumir Marcial and Irish Magno, made the Olympic cut.

Waiting in the wings primarily are weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, judoka Kiyomi Watanabe, taekwondo jin Pauline Lopez, karateka Junna Tsukii, cyclist Ariana Dormitorio, BMX rider Danny Caluag, and skateboarder Margielyn Didal among others.

The bids of the said athletes have been stalled as COVID-19 forced the stoppage of many Olympic qualifiers and even forced Japan to move the Olympiad to 2021.

Now with the POC and PSC already talking on how to give the athletes more training, it will be a huge boost as they try to join the final cast for the Philippine team in Tokyo.

"We need to prepare for that," Tolentino continued.

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