PSC deals directly to athletes

THE Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) is dealing directly to athletes for the distribution of sports equipment.

Sports chairman Richie Garcia yesterday said that member of the national team and not officials of their respective sports associations will now take responsible for the equipment issued to them by the government.

“We’re now dealing directly to athletes in terms of distribution of sports equipment. We required them to sign a memorandum receipt to the athletes. Sila at hindi na ang kanilang mga coaches o officials ang responsible dito,” said Garcia, who claimed athletes will also be required to surrender the old equipment issued to them.

The new system, according to Garcia, is just a precautionary measures to avoid a repeat of mismanagement with regards on the distribution of the imported sports equipment.

Member of the cycling team have filed criminal charges against several officials of the Philippine Cycling Federation of the Philippines (Philcycling) before the Office of the Ombudsman on the complaint that they received local equipment, instead of imported gear approved and bought by the PSC. The said sports equipment was allegedly sold by the said officials to several suppliers in Banawe.

“We don’t what this incident to happen again, kaya itong mga nabili naming ngayon, ibibigay naming direkta na sa mga atleta,” said Garcia.

Garcia at least P10 million worth of sports equipment in cycling, bowling, taekwondo, dragon boat, shooting, muay thai and boxing gear have already procured not only for the Asian Games-bound athletes but to all member of the national team gearing up for the next year’s Sea Games.

All equipment are expected to be delivered by the end of October, said Garcia.

The amount is on top of the P30M earmarked by the PSC for the country’s preparation and actual participation to the quadrennial event.

“These equipment will be used not only in the Guangzhou Games but also in future international tournaments,” said Garcia. “So, it’s a good investment.”

Starting this month, the PSC will also shell out money to provide proper nutrition to Guangzhou-bound national athletes.

A total of 248 athletes from 30 sports are expected to represent the country in the 2010 Asian Games slated Nov. 12-27 in Guangzhou, China

Garcia said that in case that the P30M million is not enough to fund the RP delegation, Garcia quickly stressed that the only option left is to drop the number of officials in the delegation.

“Yung mga hindi na tagala kailanga, yan ang iiwan na natin. Basta kami sa PSC kung sino ang kasaya sa P30M na budget yun ang sasamama, syempre priority dyan ang mga atleta, he said..

Although, the RP delegation can be drastically reduced in size if the men and women dragon boat team and women’s basketball squad failed to meet the condition set by the Philippine Olympic Committee Task Force.

The dragon boat team, composed of 48 athletes, will have to meet a certain time in a time trial to be held on Oct. 11 at the La Mesa Dam in Quezon City.

The 12 cage belles’ inclusion,on the other hand, still defend on how they fair in the coming Southeast Asian Basketball Association women’s championships and the results of the appeal by the Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas to the organizers

The drawing of lots is set on Oct. 9 but the SEABA tilt, which is to be hosted by the country, is slated on ct. 24-29.

Meanwhile, Garcia refused to give medal projection for the country in the Guangzhou Games.

“I’ll be in Guangzhou but only as a representative of the government, saling-pusa lang kami dito,” stressed Garcia who will be present for the opening ceremonies of the Asiad.

RP chief of Mission Joey Romasanta, however, said the Philippines’ bet are capable to surpass the four gold, six silver and nine bronze medal haul in the 2006 Doha Asiad.

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