Int’l Olympic committees offer financial aid to local athletes, coaches by Primo P. Agatep

MANILA-- Members of the national team in various sports discipline and budding talents across the country have something to look forward for their training and development after senior officials of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) on Thursday announced that an initial three Asian countries have signified support to Philippine sports.

POC Secretary-General Steve Hontiveros, in his report to POC head Peping Cojuangco, the national Olympic committees of Japan, South Korea and Taiwan have offered assistance to Filipino athletes and coaches.

Hontiveros , who led a Philippine delegation in the Asian winter games in Sapporo, Japan reported that Japan Olympic Committee (JOC) was donating an initial of YEN 10,000 million as sports financial assistance to POC intended for the training of our athletes.

Aside from the initial financial package, JOC in cooperation with their national sports associations agreed to allow members of the country's national team to train in Japan. Moreover, the Japanese Olympic committee is donating sports equipment to be decided by POC on which priority sports to be under its list.

According to Hontiveros, initially, karatedo and judo topped the sports discipline to train in Japan.

On the part of Korea and Taiwan Olympic committees, Hontiveros said that their group was also offering slots for national team to train in their sports training centers, and local coaches with respect to the so-called transfer of technology.

Cojuangco emphasized that the co-operation and support by these national Olympic committees was shown also by the good relations shown by POC.

According to Cojuangco, all these initial assistance and support from their Olympic committee counterparts were a result of "talks" of cooperation during the Rio Olympics, as member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that embodies the ideals of '"Olympism."

Source: Philippines News Agency