THE Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) has approved a P600 million budget for national sports associations for 2018.
P220 million will go to ‘top-tier sports’ weightlifting, judo, taekwondo, windsurfing, surfing, boxing, archery, and gymnastics, as well as medal-rich sports athletics and swimming, according to PSC chairman William Ramirez.
“Weightlifting is top-tier because of Hidilyn Diaz and Kristel Macrohon. Judo is top-tier because of Kiyomi Watanabe and Mariya Takahashi,” said Ramirez.
“Tier one is our priority because of their performance and some of these athletes are highly-ranked in the world,” he added.
The budget for second-tier sports is P140 million, including Olympic and non-Olympic sports such as jiu-jitsu, chess, equestrian, triathlon, wushu, canoe-kayak, pencak silat, bowling, billiards and golf.
P240 million will be for third-tier sports including dance sports, cycling, rugby, fencing, rowing, karatedo, shooting, softball, basketball, sailing, football, muay, sepak takraw, hockey, baseball, tennis, wrestling, lawn bowls, squash, volleyball, arnis, handball, table tennis and finswimming.
The 2018 budget doesn’t include monthly allowances of athletes and coaches, and indirect assistance which amounted to P300 million in 2017.
The PSC’s initial plan was to support only a few sports with medal potentials with the others settling to find their own funds.
“Naipasok namin ‘yung 50 sports kaya ginawa namin tier one, tier two, tier three,” said Ramirez.