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    Pinoys get free training before London Games

    Jun 23, 2012
    Philippine delegation Chef de Mission Manny Lopez says the pre-Games training in London will be a big help to the athletes. Jerome Ascano

    Boxer Mark Barriga, Steeplechaser Herrera, long jumper Torres, and swimmers Jasmine Alkhaldi and Jessie Lacuna will leave for London next week to avail of the pre-Games training camp.

    The athletes will get to train alongside Olympians from other countries in the program given free by the London Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games and being introduced for the first time.

    “It will be a good experience (taking part in the pre-Games). They will get a feel and insight of how it is like in the Olympics,” said Philippine delegation Chef de Mission Manny Lopez.

    Before that, seven of the 11 Filipinos seeing action in the London Games will attend a sendoff party on Monday, with President Aquino expected to lead the well-wishers at the Blue Leaf in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

    “The presence of the president will give our athletes the much-needed inspiration as they compete in the world’s biggest sports meet,” said Lopez.

    Barriga, Herrera, Torres, Alkhaldi and Lacuna will be joined by skeet shooter Brian Rosario and weighlifter Hidilyn Diaz.

    Fil-Japanese judoka Tomohiko Hoshina and Fil-Am BMX rider Danny Caluag are training abroad, while archers Mark Javier and Rachelle Ann Cabral earned their Olympic berths just over the weekend and are still in Utah for the World Cup of Archery which ends on Sunday.

    Paolo Bediones and Chiqui Roa-Puno will host the sendoff event, with basketball and badminton chairman Manny Pangilinan to deliver the welcome remarks. 

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    Philippine delegation Chef de Mission Manny Lopez says the pre-Games training in London will be a big help to the athletes. Jerome Ascano
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