THE Philippine Olympic Committee is batting to have archers Mark Javier and Rachelle Anne Cabral train in Korea as part of their preparation for the coming London Olympics.
Javier and Cabral, the latest Filipino athletes who made the Olympic grade, initially planned to train in Baguio, apparently to familiarize themselves with the weather conditions in Europe.
But POC president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr. said that he will arrange for Javier and Cabral to train in Korea instead.
“I already talked to (Philippine Sports Commission) chairman (Ritchie) Garcia about this and he agreed that it will be better to send them to Korea,” Cojuangco said in the POC’s weekly radio program on DZSR 918 Thursday.
Javier and Cabral, who recently arrived after in the country following their steady performance in the World Championships in Ogden, Utah, agreed with Cojuangco and added the rainy season could also be a problem in their preparations.
“It may be cold in London but the altitude is different from Baguio,” Cojuangco added.
Javier and Cabral are being trained by a Korean coach in Chung Jun Hun, who personally purchased their equipment in Korea for their training and competition.
Javier is competing in the Olympics for the second consecutive time, while Cabral will be seeing action in her first.
Philippine archery will be sending athletes in the Olympics for the fourth straight time after Jennifer Chan in 2000, Jasmine Figueroa in 2004, and Javier in 2008.