SWIMMING and weightlifting are in danger of being removed from the priority sports list of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).
Ritchie Garcia, chairman of the government sports agency, confirmed that swimming has been recommended to be dropped from the 10-priority sports after a re-evaluation done by the PSC and the Philippine Olympic Committee.
Swimming and weightlifting failed to win a gold medal in the 2013 Southeast Asian Games.
“Swimming is recommended to be removed from the priority sports. We are also looking at weightlifting,” Garcia said.
Sports disciplines on the priority list are given the bulk of the PSC budget for training and exposure as these are expected to perform well in international competitions.
The PSC and the POC made it clear that non-performing sports and athletes in the priority list will be dropped.
“We have to see the performance after two years of being priority sports,” Garcia said.