Reigning Asian Games champion Biboy Rivera admits he’s far from his best form, but vows not to stop his rehabilitation process until he regains his “golden touch”.
Rivera missed several major events last year after undergoing surgery to repair his injured left knee.
But he’s slowly regaining his strength, saying: “I’m feeling about 60 percent right now. I’ve been training three times a week since September plus therapy and strengthening.”
Though long detached from big competition, Rivera remains confident he can recover in time for the Incheon Asian Games this September.
“Andun pa rin naman yung strength ng tira at tapang ng bola,” added Rivera.
The amiable former world champion emerged as one of only three Filipino gold medal winners during the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games and sports officials are again pinning their hopes on the bowling team, especially on Rivera.
He won the men’s singles title against a tough and talented field, but regaining the title is easier said than done.
For one, there is the age factor. He’s now 39 years old.
“Andun yung age factor kasi marami ng mga magagaling na bata ngayon and they can train twice as much as you can, pero yung experience and composure, hindi naman yun nawawala sa akin,” said Rivera.
As part of his Asian Games buildup, Rivera is hoping to take part in big tournaments in the Middle East, especially in Kuwait, Qatar and United Arab Emirates where the sport thrives because of the strong presence of Filipinos.
But before playing abroad, he will compete in the Sinulog Open in Cebu in order to test the water – so to speak.
If his recovery continues to progress, he also plans to compete in the Asian Championship in Bangkok, Thailand in May.