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    Archers hope to catch last bus to London

    Jun 14, 2012

    Six archers and one boxer are still hoping to catch the last bus to London with the 2012 Olympic Games barely a month away.

    Six archers led by Beijing Olympian Mark Javier will be competing in the World Cup of Archery on June 18 to 24 in Ogden, Utah where the gold medal winners in the recurve event will clinch a spot in the quadrennial meet.

    According to chef de mission Manny Lopez, the Philippine Olympic Committee is also awaiting news from the International Olympic Committee whether boxer Charly Suarez will be given a Tripartite Commission Invitation place.

    So far, only nine Filipinos are assured of spots to the July 27-Augusts 12 showpiece, led by boxer Mark Anthony Barriga, shooter Brian Rosario, long jumper Marestela Torres, steeplechaser Rene Herrera and swimmers Jasmine Alkhaldi and Jessie Khing Lacuna.

    Judoka Tomohiko Hoshina, BMX cyclist Daniel Caluag and weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz were the recent additions to Team Philippines, booking their places over the last two weeks.

    Lopez said that the Olympic-bound athletes will be given first-class treatment when the POC organizes a send-off party on June 25 at the Bay Leaf at Bonifacio Global City.

    The POC will also issue first-class airplane tickets as well as luggage and uniforms from private sponsors to the athletes to boost their morale.

    “We want our athletes to be technically, mentally and physically fit before they compete in the Olympics," Lopez said in the POC’s weekly radio program on DZSR AM.

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