WITH only a month before the Olympic Games, archers Mark Javier and Rachelle Anne Cabral will most likely stay put and train in Baguio City before they hit London.
Since Javier and Cabral only gained Olympic slots last Saturday, Philippine Archers National Network and Alliance secretary general Terry Lim said the two would be better off training in Baguio than competing overseas or joining the pre-Games training camps in Great Britain.
Lim added Cabral and Javier will spend the weeks leading up to the Games training under their Korean coach Chung Jun Hun, who has been in the country since May.
“They will most likely stay in Baguio so that they can train, acclimatize and concentrate with our foreign coach,” said Lim.
Javier and Cabral gained Olympic berths at the World Championships in Ogden, Utah. Javier finished fifth in the men’s individual recurve event while Cabral took the ninth spot in the women’s division of the same event.
Javier will be competing in the Olympics for the second consecutive time while Cabral will be making her debut, hiking the number of London-bound Filipino athletes to 11.
The Philippine Olympic Committee is still awaiting word on whether boxer Charly Suarez will be given an Olympic spot by the tripartite commission composed of the International Olympic Committee, the London Olympic Games Organizing Committee and the international boxing federation (Aiba).