Asiad-bound athletes must step up in training —Cojuangco

Caption: POC president Jose “Peping” Cojuancgo Jr.
PHILIPPINE Olympic Committee (POC) President Jose Cojuangco, Jr. has urged national sports associations with Asiad-bound athletes to step up the training of those who will qualify to represent Team Philippines in the quadrennial meet, which is just more than eight months away in Indonesia.

Cojuangco said the POC board had approved the criteria set by the Philippine Chef de Mission to the 18th Asian Games to be observed by the NSAs in selecting their athletes to form the Philippine team that will participate in the Games from August 18 to September 2, 2018.

Among those eligible to participate are athletes privately-funded for the Asian Games and 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, current Olympic Solidarity scholars and athletes with best time, distance, score of their sports who finished in top 8 in World Championship and World Cup.

Athletes who were in the top four in the 2015 Asiad, as well as in their sport’s latest Asian Championship and Asian Cup; gold and silver medalists in the 2017 Southeast Asian and Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games; and those missing the qualifying standard marginally but could show potential to equal or surpass it in time for the Asiad are also part of the criteria.

The last of the criteria is that athletes must be in compliance with all applicable anti-doping rules and requirements.

NSAs must also focus during the training on the strength conditioning and nutrition of their Asiad-bound athletes,” Cojuangco pointed out.

The POC president said the Games will be held in two venues – Jakarta and Palembang – with 40 sports, 67 disciplines and 462 events. There are 28 Olympic sports, four new Olympic sports and eight non-Olympic sports. Jakarta will host 29 sports, while 11 sports will be played in Palembang.

Cojuangco said there will be test events from February 10 to 18, 2018 in archery, athletics, basketball (5-on-5), boxing, football, weightlifting, volley indoor, taekwondo and pencak silat with 1,991 athletes expected to participate based on the organizing committee’s projection.