THE Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) is not leaving anything to chance as it gears up to help the Philippines make its mark in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
After Hidilyn Diaz’s silver medal win in the 2016 Rio Olympiad, the PSC put its best foot forward for the Tokyo Games build-up as it inaugurates the Philippine Sports Institute (PSI) on January 16 at the Multi-Purpose Arena (MPA) of the Philsports Complex (formerly ULTRA) in Pasig City.
PSC Chairman William Ramirez said the PSI has already laid out plans for initial preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, starting with the institute’s plan to hire more competent people to better assist the national athletes when they compete abroad.
“We will be hiring more people. Definitely every time our national athletes compete internationally, we will send a full team of sports medicine personnel to support the team” said Ramirez.
Ramirez added that for the Tokyo Olympics, they plan to look for a training venue in the Japanese capital to better prepare the athletes.
“This way, our Olympians will acclimatize ideally during the time of the Olympics. Between August and September, they will travel to Tokyo to be able to get used to the weather, the people, mode of transportation and traffic, the lifestyle there. So by 2020, our athletes will be there earlier, I think this will be the earliest, we are talking here of months, or minimum of six weeks.” said Ramirez.
“They (Olympians) will be in Tokyo before the Olympics start, we will not be bringing athletes in just a matter of hours before they compete sa Olympics. This time, we will plan it out carefully. We will give them the support that they need. That is just the initial salvo of PSI in 2020 Olympics.” he added.
Moreover, the PSC has set a large sum to purchase new equipment as part of PSI’s services to help in the athletes’ training.
“PSI will have its mark in the field of sports science support to our elite athletes. PSC has earmarked a big amount to purchase equipment that will help athletes in their training, better equipment in our Strength and Conditioning Gym. We will have more diagnostic equipment for them to help [our] injured athletes,” said Ramirez.
PSI National Training Director Marc Edward Velasco said they also plan to bring in experts from abroad to assist in our sports development program.
“This time around, we are not limiting ourselves to PSC premises, we are going out: (we have) Russia, China, the Koreans are actually reaching out to us asking us how they can help us.” said Velasco.
The PSC has expressed its interest in hiring more foreign coaches to help train out elite athletes. They also plan to develop potential Olympians in the sports of fencing, shooting, rowing, gymnastics and even figure skating.
At the same time, the PSI is partnering with the University of the Philippines College of Human Kinetics and United States Sports Academy to develop educational programs suitable for those who want to venture in the field of sports as a full-time profession.