After winning medals in the last 7th World University Cycling Championships held in Tagaytay City, national riders Boots Ryan Cayubit and Marella Salamat hope that they will receive the incentives due them under the athletes’ incentives act.
The two cyclists expressed apprehension that the glory they gave the country from the last world championships for student athletes will go for naught especially after Super Grandmaster Wesley So was deprived of the same incentives in 2013 when he won the country’s first-ever gold in the World Universiade in Russia.
“Sana po makuha namin yung incentives, ipapa-follow up ka na lang sa coach (Cesar Lobramonte) 'yung incentives, sana merun,” said Cayubit, who won the gold in the men's criterium race last Thursday.
“Sana po mabigay nila [PSC]. Hihintayin na lang namin. Hindi ko rin kasi sigurado kung ano ang sasabihin nila,” he said.
For her part, Salamat can only keep her fingers crossed that the PSC will recognize their achievement, saying the World University Games is a prestigious event that drew more than 100 cyclists from different schools around the globe.
“Sobrang prestigious din po 'yung tournament at lahat ng kasali like Germany, Japan, Poland at iba pa mga high-caliber athletes din po,” said Salamat, who won the bronze in the women’s massed start behind German gold winner Romy Kasper and runner-up Nikol Plofaj.
Meanwhile, Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines (FESSAP) president David Ong revealed that they have prepared an incentive for Cayubit and Salamat, but is unsure if the two will get the same from the PSC.
“By our own, we will give a little incentive to them for their education,” said Ong. “Ayaw nating mag-isip ng negative, pero I hope, we can ask them (PSC) if they can give some incentives. I hope na mabigyan sila. Sana lang they realize na we’re doing this for the benefit of the student-athletes and sana magtulong-tulong tayo.”
“Hindi ko kasi alam kung paano nila binibigay ang incentives, yung regulation ng PSC, I really don’t know. Sana ibigay rin nila (ang incentives ng dalawa),” added the soft spoken official who's recognized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU).
Cayubit can only hope that the incentives will be handed to them by the government as this will help them train harder as they continue representing the country in major cycling races like next year’s Kuala Lumpur Southeast Asian Games.
“Ang sarap ng pakiramdam kasi lalo na dito sa bansa ginawa, nakaka-proud talaga. Malaking bagay sa ating mga Pinoy ito kasi bihira tayong makakuha ng medalya lalo na kung ang kalaban eh mga Europeans,” he added.
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