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Filipino Olympics Athletes Get Pre-Games Cash Boost, Highlighting National Support

Manila, Philippines – Filipino Olympics athletes striving for glory in the upcoming Paris Olympics 2024 received a morale and financial boost with the announcement of pre-games cash incentives. Revealed by Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman Richard Bachmann during the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum (PSA) on June 4th, this news highlights the strong national support behind the country’s Olympic hopefuls.

Early Support from Senators Fuels Incentive Package

The incentive package is fueled by generous contributions from Filipino senators, including Risa Hontiveros and Bong Go. Chairman Bachmann stated, “The total support currently stands at over P30 million. Senator Hontiveros initially pledged P23 million, and Senator Go has committed an additional undisclosed amount. Other senators have also directly contributed to the athletes through the PSC, resulting in me signing a recent check for an additional P30 million.”

Growing Team, Growing Anticipation

With 15 athletes already qualified for the Paris Games, excitement is building for the Philippines’ Olympic hopefuls. These include established stars like pole vaulter EJ Obiena, gymnast Carlos Yulo, and boxers Eumir Marcial and Nesthy Petecio. Other talented athletes like weightlifters Vanessa Sarno and John Ceniza, fencer Sam Catantan, and rower Joanie Delgaco are also part of the qualified contingent. Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Abraham Tolentino anticipates four more athletes joining the team by the end of June.

PSC Invests in Olympic Journey

The PSC has dedicated P52 million to support the Paris Olympics, covering preparations, training, and participation. This includes airfare, luggage, and parade uniforms. Chairman Bachmann acknowledged, “We’ve already used P43 million, leaving P8-9 million remaining. If needed, I’ll find additional resources.”

Looking Beyond the Games: A New Athletes’ Dormitory

The PSC also shared plans beyond the Olympics. A seven-story athletes’ dormitory is slated for construction within the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex. The project begins with the demolition of existing buildings in July, followed by a groundbreaking ceremony in August. The project is expected to take approximately two years to complete.

This news highlights the collaborative effort between the Philippine government, senators, and the PSC in supporting Filipino Olympics athletes as they compete on the world stage. The pre-games incentives and ongoing investments demonstrate the nation’s commitment to their Olympic hopefuls and their quest for sporting glory.


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