WITH competition expected to be tough and medals scarce for the Philippines in the Asian Games, even potential top five finishers will be considered for inclusion in the country’s delegation to the 2014 Asiad in Incheon, South Korea.
Philippine Sports Commission chairman Richie Garcia said in a radio interview over DZSR 918 they are looking at athletes that can potentially be among the five best bets in their events for this year’s Asian Games.
The 2014 Asian Games will run from September 19 to October 4 with the Philippines aiming to at least duplicate its three-gold medal haul in Guangzhou four years ago.
“We are looking at maybe, kahit hindi magka-medalya, in the top five. To be in the top five in Asia, kahit hindi ka pa magka-medalya, malaking honor na ’yun,” said Garcia, who is also the country’s chief of mission for the Asiad.
The PSC chief said the athletes for the Asiad will most likely come from the gold medalists in the previous Southeast Asian Games. The PSC is also taking into consideration other SEA Games medalists and athletes that didn’t compete in Myanmar but could potentially do well in the Asian Games.
The soon-to-be-formed task force for the Asian Games will be screening the athletes's recent records based on Asian standards.
“Basically, the core of this group will be gold medalists in the SEA Games. We will also look at the performances of the silver and bronze medalist as we will see how they will fare in the Asian standards,” said Garcia.