After winning Team Philippines’ lone gold medal in the 17th Asian Games, BMX rider Daniel Patrick Caluag aims to replicate the feat in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Caluag also represented the Philippines in the 2012 London Olympics.
“It’s not impossible to win gold medal in the BMX event in the forthcoming Olympics,” said Caluag, whose father Daniel is from Nueva Ecija and his mother Isabelle from Malolos, Bulacan.
The 27-year-old Caluag who is a registered nurse by profession received a P1million cash incentive from the Philippine Sports Commission as stipulated by Republic Act 9064.
Integrated Cycling Federation President Abraham Tolentino said that the MVP Sports Foundation of businessman Manny Pangilinan also promised to give Caluag a P500,000 reward for winning the country’s only gold medal in the 2014 Asiad.
Tolentino said that besides the 2016 Olympiad, Caluag would also represent the country in the 2015 Southeast Asian Games in Singapore and the BMX World Cup next year.
Caluag left for the United States on Friday to come home to his three-week old daughter Sydney Isabelle. The baby was just two-day old when Caluag left to compete in the Asian Games.