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PSC affirms support for PH Olympic team

The PSC affirmed its commitment to back Caloy Yulo and the rest of the Filipino Olympians for their campaign next year in Tokyo. Jade Moya (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Even if a huge chunk of its budget has been reallocated to help in the fight against COVID-19, the PSC assured its national athletes of its continuous support to them for the Tokyo Olympics next year.

In a statement on Thursday, the PSC said that it will back the Philippine team to the Olympiad "as long as they can."

So far, only four Filipinos qualified for the Olympics, pole vaulter EJ Obiena, gymnast Caloy Yulo, and boxers Eumir Marcial and Irish Magno.

Recently, there were rumors that Marcial has been getting offers to turn pro, but the PSC assured him that it will keep on supporting him regardless of the career path he will next take to the delight of ABAP.

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With this development, the PSC now assured that its support will also extend to Obiena, Yulo, Magno, and even the next Filipino Olympic qualifiers.

In fact, PSC chairman Butch Ramirez hopes that the Philippine team will indeed grow in number once the qualifying events resume after the COVID-19 pandemic finally gets contained.

“We will not waver in our quest to fulfill the country’s Olympic dream and we are very hopeful that more athletes will be able to qualify once the situation gets better,” shared Ramirez.

Among the best bets to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics are Rio Olympics silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz of weightlifting, four-time SEA Games champion Kiyomi Watanabe of judo, 2019 SEAG double-gold medal winner Margielyn Didal of skateboarding, multi-titled jin Pauline Lopez of taekwondo, and Junna Tsukii of karatedo.

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