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2014 Asian Games
133 Pinoy athletes okayed for Incheon Asiad
By Olmin Leyba (The Philippine Star) | Updated April 30, 2014 – 12:00am
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MANILA, Philippines – Team Philippines is sending at least 360 names for accreditation for the 2014 Asian Games but chef de mission Richie Garcia stressed that the number of athletes who will carry the fight in Incheon will only be in the vicinity of 133.
The 360, according to Garcia, already includes VIPs and so-called guests of the National Olympic Committee (NOC), such as government officials. At the same time, the National Sports Associations (NSAs) have also endorsed “maximum” rosters that will later be trimmed down.
“Let’s not be misguided by the 360 and think that we’re turning our backs on our earlier pronouncement of a lean and mean delegation. Only 133 athletes have been approved by the Asian Games task force (so far) and more or less it (final roster of athletes) will revolve around that figure,” Garcia said in a briefing yesterday.
Incheon Asiad organizers have set an April 30 deadline for those who want to be accredited in the Games. “Entry by number” will have to be in by end of May and “entry by the name” or the final composition of the delegation should be submitted by Aug. 15.
The joint POC-PSC Asiad task force has set criteria of Top 5 in Asia and a gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games in selecting members of Team Phl.
To date, the screening body has given the green light to 133 bets from 26 sports. More additions are expected as the deadline nears, such as Le Tour de Filipinas champion Mark Galedo, and fellow road riders George Oconer and Ronald Oranza who are expected to be endorsed by PhilCycling.
“Those who haven’t qualified based on our criteria still have until Aug. 1 to qualify. But still, we listed their names in our application for accreditation so they’ll be accredited if ever they eventually meet the criteria,” Garcia explained.
Meanwhile, the PSC and the Philippine Center for Sports Medicine (PCSM) signed a memorandum of agreement with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) for the world anti-doping campaign yesterday.
Under the project dubbed: “Awareness and Commitment campaign on Anti-doping in the Philippines,” the PSC-PCSM will receive a grant of $20,000 from Unesco for “education of athletes and coaches on the importance of anti-doping.”
The MOA was signed by Garcia, PCSM chief Alejandro Pineda, and Unesco secretary general to the Philippines Virgina Miralao.
“We are very grateful that we are among the countries whose project for elimination of doping in sports was approved and will be granted funding from Unesco,” said Pineda.
POC set to apply strict criteria for the Asiad campaign
By: Manila Bulletin
The athletes who will be selected to represent the country in the 17th Asian Games won’t end up acting like autograph-seekers and tourists on holiday in Incheon, Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Jose ‘Peping’ Cojuangco declared yesterday.
Cojuangco said those who will form the Philippine delegation for the Sept. 19 to Oct. 4 sports fest will be made up of medal hopefuls.
The POC, in close coordination with the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), the government funding agency, will enforce strict criteria for athletes vying to make it to Incheon.
Cojuangco said that if the POC and PSC don’t put the clamps on Asiad hopefuls, they will end up sending a bunch of rubberneckers.
“It will instill focus on these people. If we don’t get strict they will not focus on the real competition,” said Cojuangco.
POC-PSC Task Force member Tom Carrasco expects the number of athletes to Incheon at 120 to 150 although he won’t be surprised if the total figure slips to about 100.
A fifth-place finish in a major Asian-level event and top 20 finish in a world tournament would qualify an athlete to Incheon, according to Carrasco, who is joined in the group by Jay Adalem of basketball and Romeo Magat of tennis and PSC chairman Richie Garcia.
“The athletes we will be sending won’t go there for mere exposure. Not even those sports that will say they have the funds to send their athletes won’t be permitted to go. The have-money-will-travel will not apply in the Asian Games,” added Cojuangco.
So far, the men’s basketball team rugby, and baseball, all team events, have been allotted spots in Asiad alongside two from cycling (BMX riders).
In the last Asian Games four years ago, the PH team wound up with three gold medals, a number Cojuangco believes will be surpassed in Incheon.
A comparative list of all the SEA Medalists who won gold at the 2014 17th Asian Games in Incheon Korea, All Sports. List of names and then a list of medals per sport.
Archives: 2014 Asian Games Proof of a Top 5 Standard Required for selection
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