Youth get into sports; PH contingent ready for London Olympics


Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr., president of the Philippine Olympic Committee, urges the Filipino youth to get into sports. He talks about collaboration among government agencies like the POC and Department of Education in giving opportunities to the youth, making it easy for them to join competitions, especially in the provinces. He is also hopeful the Philippine contingent to the London Olympics will bring home medals. Video by’s Ryan Leagogo

MANILA, Philippines—Wide-eyed students were gathered Friday as part of the country’s drive to get the youth into sports during the celebration of the founding of the International Olympic Committee at the Marikina Sports Complex.

And from the hundreds of kids, there seated under the bright morning sun, just might be the Philippine’s next athlete.

“This is our target. This is the target of the Philippine Olympic Committee with the Philippine Sports Commission to present opportunities for the youth of the country to be able to play sports that is why we have been inviting and working with the Department of Education so that we can bring different kinds of sports to different provinces and cities,” said POC president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr.

Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco. RYAN LEAGOGO/

“So that our youth’s able to see that getting into sports is easy and that this is what they have to do. We’re following the steps also of other countries in the world. We’re doing the same thing here as best as we can.”

In close to a month from now, the Philippine contingent of nine athletes— the smallest delegation since the 1996 Atlanta Games—will compete in their respective events.

Marestella Torres in long jump, Jasmine Alkhaldi and Jessie Lacuna in swimming, lone boxer Mark Anthony Barriga, Rene Herrera in steeple chase, Daniel Cagara in BMX, Tomohiko Hoshina in judo, Brian Rosario in skeet shooting and Hidilyn Diaz in weightlifting.

“The chances (of getting a medal) are very hard to predict because we don’t know what kind of opposition we’re meeting,” said Cojuangco. “Although I’m hopeful.”

Dubbed ‘The Lucky 9′ team though, the country won’t just hope on pure luck alone.

“There really might be some here who brings home a medal because we know that they are capable of winning,” added Cojuangco.

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  • Marty rademamj

    Peping Cojuangco has caused much damage to the Philippine sports community. He has ruined a vibrant and hard working swimming system through poor coordination and lack of funding.

  • KonsensyaNgBayan

    Peping Cojuangco and company are a bunch of a CORRUPT, MANIPULATOR and BLOOD SUCKING LEECH of the Sports Commission. As long as he and his group are in the commission, our Athletes will never achieved their best.

  • Topioquin

    buong panahon mo dyan sa POC wala ka nang ginawa kundi himasin ang baba mo at magpalaki ng bayag!

  • wawa2172

    I just hope Peping Cojuangco, the uncle of Noy will be impeached as head of the POC. The dismal showing of the country in Asean and Asian games leads to this guy who does not have the delicadiza of resigning from his post after the debacles and unfortunately his nephew is to scared of this “Alibaba”. If we have to gauge on the quality and quantity of our athlete who qualified in the Olympics, not one is a top caliber who could be potential medalist. Why is that so? Because Peping and his minions have politicized the Philippine sports and himself became the dictator so to speak. Poor management and planning and miniscule support of national athlete could be compared to incurable disease with Peping leading the Philippine sport. He has the best of both world…he was with Gloria then, now with Noy but in 2013 election he is a camp of Binay. Peping is not sports paracetamol he is a cancer. Its pathetic that a very small nation like Singapore with so smalll population than Philippines is able to produce Olympian contenders and has performed better than the Philippines in regional competitions. Mas masahol na leader si Peping as compared to other sport officials.

  • anton

    I hope sports officials should stop turning olympic into a travel junket. What is so disgusting in the past, there are more sports officials than athletes and coaches in the Philippine contingent. Sports officlals whose association could not produce olympic caliber athletes should not go at people’s expense. If they want to go as observers/tourists, then they should shoulder their own expenses and not people’s money. Peping should disclose who are the official members of the Philippine team.

  • anton

    I just hope this olympic will not turn into another junket by sports officials at public expense. The problem in Phil sports, there are more officials going to the olympic than athletes . Shame on sports officials whose association could not produce athletes of olympic calibers and go to olympic on people’s money. If they want to go as observers they should go at their own personal expense.

    • Marty rademamj

      I agree….since most of the Philippine swimmers usually pay out of their own pocket anyway. The Philippine government is totally disorganized and Cojuangco is part of the problem.

  • wilfel

    How can an Athlete survive with 10,000 pesos allowance. That amount is even smaller than a ordinary family driver get. They need a lot of food and supplement in order for they to be strong so they can compete in a event. The goverment need to do the correct thing so Athlete will be willing to do in order for them to train without hesitation. So Peping stop talking about getting a medal until you HELP the athlete.

  • FClive

    Wala nga makain e sports pa

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