If Philippine baseball unites, there is a big chance for PH baseball team to be considered by Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) for inclusion in the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, Korea this September 19 to October 4.
This was revealed by an official of POC who hopes that the baseball community could come up a strong team that will include veteran and young players from the premier university league in the country.
“They (POC) already set up a team composed of veteran baseball coaches and POC officials,“ said the source who refused to be named. “I think four coaches and one high ranking POC official are in the core group who’s trying to come up with a PH team”.
POC has started to consider the idea of forming a team, which was nodded by Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), after talents have been discovered in the university/college league. This move also hopes to straighten up things in the association and promote the sports discipline in the country.
A baseball tournament named Cojuangco Cup will soon be staged in order to study the possibility of forming a team that could be sent by POC to the Incheon, Asian Games.
“The core group was tasked to review the possibility of baseball joining the Philippine delegation and to determine the chances to winning a medal. It will also look into possible participation and or qualify to the Asian Games,” said the source.
“The basis will be the performance of each player and the team statistics from previous tournaments. The candidates will be chosen from the entire pool of players that have played or have participated even in one of the games like the PSC Chairman’s Cup, PSC Commissioner’s Cup, the Philippine National Games and that of UAAP and the NCAA,” added the source.
The POC-PSC Asian Games Task Force on the other hand said that baseball was not included in the Philippine line-up initially sent to the Asian Games organizer. But they could still ask the Incheon Asian Games Organizing Committee (IAGOC) for the inclusion of the PH Baseball team.