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Cojuangco wants local training for nat’l athletes


Filipino athletes will be training more at home this time than go overseas to prepare for international events.

Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr. announced yesterday that this new emphasis in the athletes’ buildup will start with  this year’s Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar and the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.

Cojuangco said the POC has hired an Australian conditioning expert who will be tasked to whip up the national athletes in shape until the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro.  He added that  the Australian will arrive next month to supervise the 180 athletes undergoing strength and conditioning testing for the SEA Games.

“I’ve seen athletes return from overseas training and the results weren’t impressive. As much as possible, we want to train our athletes here,” said Cojuangco during yesterday’s POC general assembly.

The local Olympic boss noted that the gains from overseas exposures are wasted as athletes usually slide back to their old ways.

The cost of sending athletes to other countries isn’t really a huge concern since the Philippine Sports Commission has earmarked P400 million this year for foreign training.

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Tags: 2014 Asian Games , Athletes , Jose "Peping" Cojuangco Jr.

  • http://twitter.com/natibk3r Lakay Joe

    No body believes in Peping Cojuangco anymore. Could we have a change of leadership at POC, please? Phil sports need a new invigorating blood very badly.

  • archerfan

    this spells doom for our athletes!! even the power house countries sends their players abroad for training. Even if they hire foreign coaches, international exposure is needed to be competitive. its unfortunate this peping is only here for the money. we need a keon type of a leader to succeed.

  • w33k3nd3r

    Oh no there goes Peping, our very own version of Pinocchio; every time he tells a lie, his chin grows longer. He’s going to rob the government again.

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