GOLD medalists in the 2013 Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar are not guaranteed spots to the Philippine contingent bound for this year’s Asian Games.
Philippine Sports Commission chairman Ritchie Garcia bared that medal winners, especially those who won a gold, in the recent SEA Games will have to undergo another evaluation to determine if they are capable of performing well in the Asiad in Incheon, South Korea.
Garcia, who will be the country’s chef de mission for the Asiad, said SEA Games medalists will only form part of a pool from where athletes bound for the September 19 to October 4 event will be picked.
“We will start with listing those na mga nanalo ng medalya sa SEA Games and ‘yung iba pa na we feel have a chance to qualify for the Asian Games, and then set a criteria how these athletes can qualify,” said Garcia.
Twenty-nine out of the 100 Filipino medalists in the Myanmar SEA Games won gold medals.
Garcia, who has already warned that the Asiad selection process will be a lot more stringent than in the SEA Games, said the identification of potential athletes for the Asiad will be done at the soonest possible time for possible training or exposure abroad.
Meanwhile, all SEA Games medalists received their cash incentives in a ceremony on Friday at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.