To prepare Filipino athletes for the up-coming 27th Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar this December, POC president Peping Cojuangco is planning to implement an intensive training program for some 50 elite athletes who are bound to compete at the most important sports event in the region.
Elite athletes will be quartered at the Philsports complex in Pasig, and will be given special attention.
Fitness program will also be prepared for them, and at the same time their diet and nutrition will be monitored.
“This is the plan of Peping to house the athletes until the SEAG,” said PSC chairman Richie Garcia yesterday.
If this new method of training proves effective, POC and PSC will use the same program in preparation for the upcoming events like the Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China, and the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.
“I want this to be put in place right away so we could prepare hard,” said Cojuangco.
POC has approve the inclusion of 216 athletes in the Philippines’ delegation list which was submitted to SEAG organizer in Myanmar. In the list, 186 are confirmed to see action by December, while the rest still have to secure their confirmed slots, depending on their performance at the qualifying events this month and next month. These include the women’s basketball team, and some athletes in wrestling, weightlifting, swimming and wushu.
In the 26th edition of the SEA Games, Philippines had sent more than 500 athletes in the biennial meet. This year, it was decided to send a lean but mean team, targeting only a 7th place finish with 30 to 40 gold medals.