KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS : RP to get first Olympic gold in 2016-POC PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 22 September 2012 13:49

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Be glad, people of Zion, rejoice in the Lord your God, for he has given you the autumn rains because he is faithful. He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains, as before…” (Joel 2:23, the Holy Bible).
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RP TO GET FIRST EVER OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL IN 2016: The Philippines under the present leadership of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) will have its first ever Olympics gold medal in the World Olympics in 2016, POC President and former Tarlac Rep. Jose “Peping” Cojuangco, Jr. announced on Thursday, September 20, 2012, during a bash he tendered for sports officials and political allies at the Cojuangco ancestral home in Forbes Park, Makati City, to celebrate his 78th birthday.

Cojuangco’s announcement was met with glee and jubilation and wild applause by the presidents and other officials of the different national sports associations (NSAs) of the country, who greeted and serenaded him with songs and pledges of commitment that training of Filipino athletes under their associations henceforth will conform to a POC-Cojuangco-prescribed training, focusing on stamina and endurance.

If this comes true, it will be a historic first considering that a gold medal has eluded Filipino athletes since they started participating in Olympic games in 1924. The Philippines actually holds the record of obtaining the most number of medals from the Olympics without a gold. The national Olympic committee of the Philippines is the POC, founded in 1911, and recognized by the International Olympic Committee in 1929.
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POC BARES NEW SPORTS TRAINING PROGRAM: In an impromptu talk, Cojuangco said the POC quest for an Olympic gold medal is now strengthened by the cooperation of former Surigao Del Sur Rep. Prospero “Butch” Pichay and former Zamboanga Del Sur Rep. Romeo Jalosjos, both of whom were present last Thursday’s affair at the Cojuangco house, and by other concerned businessmen and citizens who share his vision of producing a gold medal in 2016.

By January 2013, training of athletes will start at the ULTRA in Pasig City, and much attention will be given to building their stamina and endurance. The perception is that, Filipino athletes have great potential to get gold medals but that, because of weak stamina and lower endurance, they usually lose out in the end to their opponents.

This is the reason why the POC and the NSAs will now look into what the athletes are eating and what vitamins and food supplements they are taking, not only during the training, but also during actual competitions. This is to make sure that they get the proper food and vitamins and minerals.
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HOME STUDY PROGRAMS FOR PINOY ATHLETES: Cojuangco also disclosed that the POC and the NSAs are also scrambling furiously to provide home study programs and other alternative systems of education for our athletes, to make sure that while they are engaged in serious training, they are likewise able to complete their studies and obtain their degrees.

And training will be more strict, in the sense that those who will not conform to the training policies of the POC and the NSAs will just have to be asked to leave or to be kicked out. “Those that are willing to be trained, we will train them, but those who refuse to follow, we will not train them. It is as simple as that,” Cojuangco pointed out.

“It is time to bring out the best in our athletes,” Cojuangco said, adding that since God has put him and those cooperating with him to realize the country’s dream of a gold medal from the Olympics, all must work towards the realization of that dream.
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