Ronda champ, Reimon Lapaza, eyes Asiad


After being crowned Pilipinas champion, Reimon Lapaza is setting his sights on the Asian Games in South Korea this year.

“Gusto kong magkaroon ng pagkakataon na makapaglaro para sa bansa,” said Lapaza in yesterday’s PSA Forum at Shakey’s Malate. “Malaking karangalan yung makapagsuot ng national uniform lalo na sa Asian Games.”

From being a 28-year-old bike mechanic in Butuan City, Lapaza became the country’s latest cycling hero with his come-from-behind victory over Mark Galedo wholed the bikefest for several days.

With his feat, Lapaza and his manager-coach, Joselito Patayan are hoping that the cyclist will be given a chance to try out for the national team.

“Nasa cycling association ang final decision kung gusto nila. Malaking hamon sa akin yan bilang isang siklista na mapasama sa national team,” said Lapaza.

Meanwhile, Lapaza is expected to receive a hero’s welcome when he flies back to Butuan City today.

“We’re going home on the first flight on (Feb. 19) and I was told a warm reception awaits Reimon,” said Patayan.

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