The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) has begun laying the groundwork for a profitable stint in Paris 2024 by attempting to find a coaching facility for key nationwide athletes within the host metropolis.
The coaching facility will function the coaching base for athletes from weightlifting, boxing and gymnastics and people from different sports activities who the POC will tag as a medal contender.
These athletes—doubtlessly the likes of Olympic gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz and Asian weightlifting champion Vanessa Sarno, gymnast Carlos Yulo and pole vaulter EJ Obiena—will fly to Paris, France, one month earlier than the Olympics opens and can pitch camp within the facility of the POC’s alternative.
“I personally inspected the venues to verify they’re fitted to the wants of our athletes,” stated POC president Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino. “We would like a 3-in-1 facility, a minimum of 10 minutes to and from the athletes’ lodging, which must also be geared up with a kitchen.”
The POC is dashing to shut the deal on the most effective facility that meets Tolentino’s requirements and has already opened talks with French sports activities officers to assist in the search.
“It’s not solely us who’s making a reservation for a coaching facility, however a number of different international locations as properly,” Tolentino stated. “It’s first come, first served so we’re ensuring we get the most effective one for our athletes.”
Understandably, precedence will probably be given to athletes like Diaz, who made historical past by changing into the primary Filipino Olympic gold medal winner when she dominated her weight class in Tokyo, Japan, final yr. Yulo is a cinch to determine a coaching base within the facility as properly, having gained world championship gold medals to determine his standing as a podium favourite in gymnastics. Additionally being eyed to coach within the facility is Obiena, who ranks No. 3 on this planet amongst pole vaulters.
Obiena is already primarily based in Europe and will probably be utilizing a specialised program set by legendary Ukrainian coach Vitaly Petrov.
The nation’s nationwide boxers will even be prioritized. Boxers Nesthy Petecio and Carlo Paalam gained silver medals in Tokyo whereas Eumir Marcial took dwelling a bronze.
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