Fernandez: Focus right now is Olympic training

There will be delays in the preparations for the coming Southeast Asian Games in Vietnam as there is no approval yet given by the Interagency Task Force for the Management of Infectious Diseases for any physical training......»»

Category: sportsSource: thestandard thestandardJan 13th, 2021

Carlos Yulo sacrifices Christmas with family to focus on Olympic gold

Tokyo-bound Carlos Yulo is sacrificing spending Christmas with his family back home to stay focused on his training in Japan......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 20th, 2020

Congress promises PSC funding for Tokyo Olympics

Lawmakers promised to heed the Philippine Sports Commission’s call for financial support for the Tokyo Olympics next year. Congressmen who are members of the Committee on Youth and Sports Development gave a positive response when the government’s sports arm lobbied for Tokyo 2021 budget in the House of Representatives.   "Rest assured that we will do our part to get the funding for this Olympics. All hands are in. Dapat lahat tayo dito. This is the best chance we have," said committee head Rep. Eric Martinez. He added that they would discuss the matter with the Department of Budget and Management and schedule it the soonest time possible because the athletes "need that budget for the Olympics." PSC Chairman William 'Butch' Ramirez during the regular committee meeting on Wednesday bared the sports agency's need for its slashed funds to continue supporting the training and competitions of Tokyo Olympic Games qualifiers and hopefuls vying for slots.   "We were one of those government offices who also contributed to the Bayanihan Act. The DBM deducted from us. Para sa amin malaking bagay 'yun kasi kasama doon 'yung Olympic budget namin. Hanggang ngayon po bakante 'yan. It's an opportunity for us to ask, we need your help," expressed Ramirez. After presenting the Olympic budget request of more than P182 Million for Tokyo-bound athletes and hopefuls made by Chef de Mission (CDM) Mariano Araneta to the PSC, the sports agency chief highlighted the push Congress can give to the country's Olympic dream.     "Rep. Bambol Tolentino has initially supported ‘yung P180 million na allowances ng atleta which was approved by the bicam, and to be approved by the President. Thank you sa lahat ng congressman na sumuporta. Pero 'yung Olympic budget namin, we are hoping again for your support," said Ramirez. The PSC chief informed the body that "the Philippine Sports Commission is operating on the savings coming from PAGCOR (Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation)" and that "when we talk about the elite athletes of the national team, the budget being used is the NSDF (National Sports Development Fund)” prompting PSC to lessen grassroots sports program related to local government units. "Dito kami naka-focus sa elite athletes. We still have some budget just enough for us to reach December," admitted Ramirez in his response to Committee Vice-Chair Jericho Nograles' inquiry on the PSC's funds. To aid in the government’s effort to address the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, P596 million from the National Sports Development Fund and another P773 million from the General Appropriations Act by the DBM was slashed from the PSC’s budget. Gymnast Caloy Yulo, pole vaulter EJ Obiena and boxers Irish Magno and Eumir Marcial already qualified for the Summer Games. Eighty-two more hopefuls are training to earn spots in the Tokyo Olympics.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 27th, 2020

Yulo gets additional P800K Olympic bid funding

Filipino gymnast Caloy Yulo preparation for the Tokyo Olympics got an additional boost after the MVP Sports Foundation (MVPSF) extended a much-needed financial help on Wednesday. MVPSF president Al Panlilio announced that they have granted an extra P800,000 funding for Yulo to cover his training expenses in Japan as he prepares for the Tokyo Olympics scheduled July 23 to August 8 next year. "The MVPSF wants to make sure that our athletes still get the best training possible, even as we face the current COVID-19 pandemic," Panlilio said. The financial donation was coursed through the Gymnastics Association of the Philippines. "Aside from the financial relief from the additional finding, we're hopeful that this also puts Caloy's mind at ease, because we want to show him that we're behind him all the way," said Panlilio. "His sole focus should be on his quest to win an Olympic medal, and we'll do our best to take care of the rest." The 20-year old gymnast is one of four Filipinos who have qualified for the Games, which was delayed for a year due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, along with pole vaulter EJ Obiena and boxers Eumir Felix Marcial and Irish Magno. Yulo earned his ticket to the Games after advancing to the final round of the men's all-around in the 2019 World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany. He also won the gold in the men's floor exercise in the same tournament. The Manila pride also won two gold medals and five silvers in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games hosted by the Philippines. With the financial help, Yulo got all-important shot in the arm as he vies for the elusive Olympics gold.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 5th, 2020

Training soon to resume for Philippine Olympic hopefuls

Philippine Sports Commission officer-in-charge and commissioner Ramon Fernandez on Saturday said the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) had already given national athletes who already made the Olympic cut and with chances to qualify the green light to resume training in areas like the General Community Quarantine (GCQ)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 4th, 2020

Sports officials want athlete exemptions for Olympic training purposes

Philippine Olympic Committee president Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino and Philippine Sports Commission officer-in-charge and commissioner Ramon Fernandez are both pushing for exemptions so as to jumpstart preparations this early for athletes who have already qualified and those with chances of making it to the quadrennial games......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2020

How Pinoy athletes kept winning during the lockdown

Sporting events may be suspended or canceled, but that won't stop your favorite Filipino athletes from inspiring or entertaining people as they spend their extra time off doing worthwhile activities during the lockdown period. From reaching out to affected communities to learning a new skill, here are what your idols are up to during the community quarantine. 1)  Proudly serving the nation as frontliners Some athletes have taken their in-game dedication off the court, as they proudly serve the country as frontliners during the COVID-19 pandemic. MPBL players such as Bacoor City's Eric Acuña and Bacolod-Master Sardines' Jopher Custodio are currently heeding the call as frontliners for the Philippine Army, as well as their fellow soldiers UST women’s volleyball coach Kung Fu Reyes and volleyball star Jovelyn Gonzaga. Pasay Voyager's Dhon Reverente also suited up for the Philippine Navy while his teammate Jesse Bustos is serving in the frontlines in another way, using his camera as a photojournalist for a daily newspaper.  2)  Raising funds and holding donation drives Your beloved players continue to exemplify teamwork in these challenging times as they help the dedicated frontliners and affected households in different parts of the country. UST student-athletes joined former Golden Tigresses star Sisi Rondina in auctioning their jerseys for a cause to donate supplies to the frontliners of Barangay Luz in Cebu City. Meanwhile, volleyball legends Alyssa Valdez and Charo Soriano led a fundraiser called "Volleyball Community Gives Back PH," which aims to supply frontliners in the country with PPEs and other essentials—with celebrities like Kathryn Bernardo and Pia Wurtzbach joining their cause. Former DLSU Lady Spikers standout and Creamline utility spiker Michele Gumabao also provided relief packs and gave them personally to the affected communities in Pampanga with the help of the group Your 200 Pesos. 3)  No days off for training and getting the gains Leagues and competitions may have been put on hold, but athletes won't be stopped from keeping themselves in tiptop shape. Observing quarantine, ONE Championship's heavyweight champion Brandon Vera took his workout to the forest, preparing for his upcoming bout against Arjan Bhullar, while Team Lakay fighters, such as Eduard Folayang, Kevin Belingon, and Joshua Pacio improvised household materials as gym equipment. National athletes, such as karateka Junna Tsukii, wushu artist Agatha Wong, and Olympic medalist Hidilyn Diaz, did rigorous training sessions at home to keep themselves in form for upcoming tournaments. High-flyer Ricci Rivero also taught his fans some basic dribbling drills to improve basketball handles—as seen in an episode of "Upfront" on LIGA cable sports channel. 4) Unlocking new skills and focusing on fave hobbies Your fave sports idols also overcame boredom by learning new skills and focusing on their favorite hobbies. For instance, DLSU Green Archers guard Aljun Melecio learned to cook scrumptious lechon while taking a time-out from the hardwood. UAAP volleyball champion and national team player Rex Intal also reminded us that he is a dedicated painter with his mixed portrait of Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan, channeling his passion for sports and art into one. And did you know that top local setter Jia Morado is a talented photographer? Check out her Instagram and be amazed by her works. 5)  Taking their talents to TikTok Athletes joined the trending TikTok craze as a source of entertainment during the lockdown. Former UAAP stars Kim Kianna Dy and Jema Galanza posted their dance covers of Young Thug's "Relationship," and Deanna Wong took on "The Weekend" dance challenge. UST Golden Tigresses' rookie Imee Fernandez also wowed the TikTok crowd with a pre-workout dance video, which garnered over 600,000 views online. For Ateneo Blue Eagles guard SJ Belangel, TikTok has also been his avenue to overcome his shyness, doing hilarious skits online.   6)  Becoming stars online No live sports to entertain the audiences? It's not a problem for these athletes who continue to provide fun content to every sports fan, with the help of ABS-CBN Sports. Catch Shaun Ildefonso as he does an entertaining commentary about everything sports on "SRSLY." Also watch Cherry Nunag’s wacky chikahan with famous athletes in "Kalye Confessions: Stay-at-Home Edition." Lastly, the lockdown won't stop the basketball conversation as Beau Belga chats with your favorite hoop idols online, while still chowing down on their fave treats on "Extra Rice with Beau Belga." Watch all of these on ABS-CBN Sports' Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and YouTube channel. Also stay tuned for more new offerings from the sports arm of ABS-CBN.  These athletes have proven they are truly winners in and out of the court. While waiting for live sports to return, you can rewatch the best games of these athletes on LIGA (SD channel 86 and HD channel 183 on SKYCable) and game highlights and special features on ABS-CBN Sports' social media pages and official YouTube account. ABS-CBN Sports will continue its commitment to providing a variety of world-class, exciting, and inspiring content to every Pinoy sports fan. Visit and follow @ABSCBNSports on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For updates, you may also visit or follow @ABSCBNPR on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 8th, 2020

MVPSF ramps up support to Diaz, weightlifting team

With all eyes looking towards the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, the MVP Sports Foundation has solidified its all-out support to 2016 Olympic Silver Medalist Hidilyn Diaz, so that she can focus on her training and eventually bring pride to the country on the grandest stage......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 17th, 2020

ONE Championship: Rene Catalan steps back from coaching as he prepares for title shot

Catalan Fighting System had to make some sacrifices in training camp as two of its top mixed martial artists will compete on the same night at ONE: MASTERS OF FATE. The team's head coach, Rene "The Challenger" Catalan, is scheduled to compete in his most important bout to date when he challenges ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua "The Passion" Pacio. His younger brother, Robin "The Ilonggo" Catalan is also set to compete on the undercard against Olympic wrestler Gustavo "El Gladiador" Balart this Friday, 8 November at the Mall Of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines. Despite their tight schedule, the elder of the Catalan brothers has been managing his roles well.  “For our preparation, I created a training program then passed it on to our wrestling coach so he can look it over. The same thing for our striking program,” Catalan said.  “Not to be overconfident with Robin, but my coaches take care of his routine so I can focus on my own preparation. It’s basically the same program that I am on.”  Normally, “The Challenger” would want to be in the corner of his younger brother in every match.  But this is not just any night for the 40-year-old. He is one win away from reaching his ultimate goal in mixed martial arts.  “I already delegated the cornering duties in Robin’s fight to our coaches,” Catalan said.  “As much as I want to, I have to focus on the World Title shot. I have full confidence in my coaches and in Robin that they can pull it off.” The younger of the Catalan brothers has no problems with his big brother’s decision, especially with the magnitude of Rene’s match With everything in place now, the pride of Sta. Barbara, Iloilo only requests one thing from his team.  “I’m excited. This is it. The only thing I can ask now from my team is to pray for me in this match.”      Catch ONE: MASTERS OF FATE live on Friday, November 8th LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23 on LIVESTREAM via the ABS-CBN Sports Facebook Page and on iWant starting at 8:30 PM. ONE: MASTERS OF FATE will also air on Sunday's Best on November 17th, Sunday, at 11:30 PM with local commentatry from Anton Roxas and Theo Castillo.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 6th, 2019

James Harden withdraws from 2019 FIBA World Cup staff report All-Star James Harden wants to focus on the Rockets late this summer and fall, specifically on adapting to playing with new teammates such as Russell Westbrook. According to a report by Jonathan Feigen in The Houston Chronicle on Friday (Saturday, PHL time), Harden has informed Team USA coach Gregg Popovich that he is withdrawing from the team that will represent the U.S. in the FIBA World Cup in China. Speaking at an event on Friday to donate shoes and other sporting goods to children from the Greater Houston Police Activities League, Harden said he wanted to spend the remainder of the offseason to focus on preparing for the retooled Rockets. Rockets teammates P.J. Tucker and Eric Gordon are both scheduled to participate in practices in Las Vegas Aug. 5 to 9. Harden has previously played for the 2012 USA Basketball Olympic team and 2014 World Cup team. Harden joins Anthony Davis as the second top player to withdraw from Team USA in the past week. Team USA still has All-Star guards Damian Lillard, Kemba Walker and Bradley Beal among those who remain committed. The FIBA World Cup is scheduled for Aug. 31-Sept. 15 in China, and doesn't leave much lead time for players to start NBA training camps......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 20th, 2019

Petecio vows to give ‘150 percent’ effort in ‘Calambubble’ for Olympic qualifiers

By CARLO ANOLIN       Nesthy Petecio is just one of the Filipino boxers seeking Olympic berths for the coronavirus-hit Tokyo Games in July. With the start of their 90-day training camp in Calamba, Laguna dubbed as “Calambubble,” Petecio couldn’t be happier to return to regular face-to-face meetings with her coaches and teammates. “Noong […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJan 19th, 2021

The Olympic race (to vaccinate)

Filipino national athletes have resumed training in earnest, many in preparation for the Olympic qualifiers that will run from March to June all over the world......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 15th, 2021

National boxers raring to train

Members of the national boxing team have started to arrive for the Olympic training bubble at the Inspire Sports Academy in Calamba, Laguna yesterday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 15th, 2021

Filipino boxers all set to enter Calamba training ‘bubble’

Tokyo hopeful Nesthy Petecio together with 16 other national boxers and coaches enter the Inspire Sports Academy in Calamba, Laguna Friday to start its much delayed Olympic training......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 14th, 2021

Ramon Fernandez named Philippine delegation head to SEAG in Vietnam

The Philippine Olympic Committee is using the same formula that led to a successful 2019 Southeast Asian Games — appoint a chef de mission from the Philippine Sports Commission......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 12th, 2021

Mon Fernandez named PH chef de mission for Vietnam SEA Games

Philippine Olympic Committee president Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino believes that appointing PSC Commissioner Ramon Fernandez as Team Philippines chef de mission in the 31st Southeast Asian Games in Vietnam would result in another rewarding campaign. “We want to give something back to the PSC as a constant and dependable partner,’’ said Tolentino during his first POC […] The post Mon Fernandez named PH chef de mission for Vietnam SEA Games appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 12th, 2021

Eumir Marcial still clueless on training plans

Marcial, one of the country’s best hopes to end its long search for the elusive first Olympic gold medal, stressed the need to have a full time training......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 11th, 2021

Philippine Olympic aspirants headed for training ‘bubble’

The 27-member boxing team, which included sparring partners, will enter the “Calambubble” on January 15 while the national jins and karatekas follow suit on January 16 and 17, respectively, for the training expected to last until March......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 7th, 2021

Olympic buildup set to begin

A total of 46 athletes and coaches, including Tokyo Olympics-bound boxer Irish Magno and 2019 world women’s champion Nesthy Petecio, start their bubble training next week at the Inspire Sports Academy in Calamba, Laguna......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 7th, 2021

Fernandez hopeful of continuous PH training

Hopes are that there will be no disruptions when training activities of national athletes resume this week......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 4th, 2021

PH bets vying for Olympic slots may join bubble training in Calamba

      By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA       The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) plans to send athletes from three combat sports vying for slots in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics to a bubble training camp at the Inspire Sports Academy in Calamba, Laguna. This development came after the Inter-Agency Task Force recently approved the training […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsDec 17th, 2020