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Ramirez: PH Olympic dream on brink of reality

Tokyo -- Philippine Sports Commission chairman William “Butch” Ramirez and Chief of Staff Marc Velasco arrived here on Thursday and expressed their readiness to cheer the country’s 19 Filipino athletes when they head to battle in the Summer Olympic Games......»»

Category: sportsSource: thestandard thestandardJul 22nd, 2021

Ramirez: PH Olympic dream on brink of reality

TOKYO – Philippine Sports Commission chairman William “Butch” Ramirez and Chief of Staff Marc Velasco arrived here on Thursday and expressed their readiness to cheer the country’s 19 Filipino athletes when they head to battle in the Summer Olympic Games. Ramirez, who owns the distinction as the only chairman since the PSC’s establishment in 1990 […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2021

Chinese racer on brink of F1 dream says & lsquo;last step the hardest& rsquo;

Shanghai—Zhou Guanyu played with toy cars as a little boy and dreamed of being China’s first Formula One driver. Now 21, he is within touching distance of making that a reality......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 21st, 2021

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

Pro-bound Eumir Marcial could make debut by October

After signing his MP Promotions contract earlier this month, there already seems to be a number of plans in place for Eumir Felix Marcial.  While Marcial is taking steps towards his professional career, the 24-year old decorated amateur pug has maintained that his prime objective right now is to bring home a gold medal for the Philippines in the Olympics. (READ ALSO: Eumir Marcial set on going pro but maintains Olympic gold medal is top priority) Marcial secured his spot in the Tokyo Olympics before the COVID-19 pandemic forced oa postponement of the Summer games to 2021.  Keeping that in mind, MP Promotions appears to be all-in on making Marcial’s gold medal dream into a reality, and that includes gearing his professional training towards becoming the best version of himself in time for Tokyo.  “We have a lot of great things in store, getting Eumir’s career going, we’re bringing him to the US, we’ll train him here, working under some of the top trainers and good sparring, and we’re really just kind of focused on the for first year is winning that gold medal, so everything we do leading up to Tokyo, when he has a few professional fights, is gonna be with in mind that we keep everything good for Tokyo,” explained MP Promotions President Sean Gibbons on Tuesday’s PSA Forum.  With about a year before Tokyo, Gibbons hopes to have Marcial compete in around three professional bouts starting this October.  “We’d hope to possibly have about three fights, because you have about nine months, you have a year before the Olympics, almost to the day right now, but I think you have to stop about three months before, so hopefully, we’ll do something in October, and then we’ll work from there, hopefully three fights before he has to stop and go fully concentrate on the Olympics.”  Gibbons maintains that for now, all of Marcial’s moves will have his Olympics appearance in mind, meaning that his first few pro bouts will likely be 4 to 6-round contest, which is similar to what he’ll be competing in at the Summer games.  To start out, just [4 and 6-rounders] because again, we’re trying to keep in line with what he’s going to be doing in Tokyo, so everything is geared towards preparation for that, and that’s why you start off with a 4 or 6-rounder, then another 4-6 depending again, we have to talk to Eumir, talk to his coaches, talk to everybody, but the idea is to sharpen up a lot of out-of-competition, not the actual fights itself, but all the training he’ll do and, let’s say when he comes to Los Angeles, all the different types of sparring and whoever we work with, along with his coaches,”  Gibbons also gave credit to Marcial’s current coaching team with the National Team, coach Ronald Chavez and coach Don Abnett, the men who have helped transform Marcial to the decorated amateur star and prospect that he is today.  “That’s one of the things I want to say also:  he’s had very good coaches so far, they’ve done very well, so we’re going to adapt whatever Eumir wants, with his coaches, whoever the team chooses in LA to work with,” said Gibbons.  “Yung gusto ko parin kasi, yung makasama ko sa training yung coaches ko, yun parin yung gusto ko makasama dito,” explained Marcial. “Sila pa din yung gusto ko makasama dahil siyempre, Olympics parin, ito parin yung pinag-hahandaan natin, so yun yung gusto kong makasama na mga coach, kasi siyempre amateur parin yung lalaruin natin doon, and gusto ko parin ma-maintain yung style ko yung paano mag-laro sa amateur.”  The commitment to the Olympics, Gibbons says, is something that Marcial has been focused on.  “Eumir has always told me, ‘I promised my dad, I promised the country that I’m gonna win the gold medal.’, so that’s what were doing everything to start the career with, in mind to get better to beat the guy from Ukraine, to beat the Russians, to beat those guys.” As for weight class, Gibbons says that Marcial should be competing around 160-162-pounds or at middleweight in order to keep him in the same division as the one he'll be competing at in the Olympics.  "It appears that we’ll probably  be doing it at middleweight, 160-pounds right in there, 160-162-pounds because again, Eumir is fighting in the Olympics at 165-pounds, that’s 75 kilos, and again, you don’t want to take a guy too low when you’re basically just preparing everything for Tokyo. Somewhere around the weight that he’s been fighting at as an amateur."  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 21st, 2020

PSC vows full support to Team PHI all the way to Tokyo Olympics

Aspiring and Olympic-bound athletes will continue to receive support from the Philippine Sports Commission despite the agency’s belt-tightening measures brought about by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Philippines already has four qualifiers for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which has been pushed back to next year, in pole vaulter Ernest John Obiena, male artistic gymnast Carlos Edriel Yulo, national boxers Eumir Felix Marcial and Irish Magno before the lockdown. The PSC board has assured that the agency will support them for as long as they can, explaining that the investment of both the government and the athletes into their Olympic dream cannot be set aside just that easily. This the PSC assures the athletes despite around P1.3 billion of its funds redirected back to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to fund the country’s COVID-19 fight. By virtue of Republic Act 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, P596 million, and P773 million were realigned by the DBM from the sports agency’s National Sports Development Fund and the fund from the General Appropriations Act (GAA), respectively. Even with this unexpected development, the PSC will keep true to its promise to support the Filipino athletes Olympic bid. In fact, PSC Chairman William Ramirez is hoping to send more athletes to represent the country in the prestigious multi-sport event. “We will not waiver in our quest to fulfill the country’s Olympic dream and we are very hopeful that more athletes will be able to qualify once the situation gets better,” shared Ramirez. The sports agency is banking its hopes on 2016 Rio Olympics silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz of weightlifting, four-time SEA Games champion Kiyomi Watanabe of judo, 2019 SEAG double-gold medal winner Margielyn Didal of skateboarding, multi-titled jin Pauline Lopez of taekwondo, and Junna Tsukii of karatedo among others. The budget cut has forced the sports agency to take belt-tightening measures in recent weeks, to be able to cover all commitments. “It’s a tough situation but we understand the priorities of the national government. We will do what we can to continue the support we give to our athletes especially those vying for an Olympic slot,” added Ramirez. Aside from financial support, the PSC also continues to provide online sports psychology consultations, virtual training sessions, nutrition, physiology, and conditioning webinars to athletes and coaches through PSC’s Medical Scientific Athletic Services (MSAS) and the Philippine Sports Institute (PSI)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 18th, 2020

Marcial fulfills lifelong dream of father/coach

Tokyo—Eumir Marcial fulfilled the lifelong dream of his father after scoring the Philippine boxing team’s most impressive win by far in the Summer Olympic Games—a knockout victory that may have easily installed the Filipino middleweight as a favorite for the gold......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2021

Diaz, Chinese coach part ways

CEBU CITY, Philippines– Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez believes that they may have a hard time getting the services again of Chinese weightlifting coach Gao Kaiwen, the head coach of Olympic gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz. In a press release from the PSC, Ramirez said that Diaz’s gold medal run in Tokyo would […] The post Diaz, Chinese coach part ways appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 31st, 2021

Gold dream! Olympic treble defeats South Africa 3-0 and qualifies for the quarter-finals in Tokyo 2020 – El Financiero

the Mexican soccer selection Manly managed to advance to the quarter-finals in Tokyo Olympics 2020 defeating his counterpart South Africa 3-0. Its opponent in the.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJul 28th, 2021

The dream comes true

The long wait has finally ended. It took the Philippines nearly a century 97 years to be exact before claiming an Olympic gold medal and when Hidilyn Diaz broke through in women’s 55 kilogram weightlifting in Tokyo last Monday, the entire Filipino nation was euphoric......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 27th, 2021

Make or break for Yulo

Filipino world champion gymnast Carlos Yulo has a big game-time decision to make here, something that could make or break his Olympic gold dream......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2021

Yulo Olympic dream: Triple backflip is crucial

Filipino world champion gymnast Carlos Yulo has a big game-time decision to make here, something that could make or break his Olympic gold dream......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2021

A father’s dream fulfilled for taekwondo’s Barbosa

By TITO S. TALAO TOKYO – Given his own way, taekwondo jin Kurt Bryan Barbosa of Bangued, Abra would probably be draining three-point shots today and then whooping, instead of delivering Olympic-qualifying double roundhouse kicks — and then, well, whooping. But then that was what his father, a stern-minded police officer in their town, wanted […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJul 19th, 2021

Obiena bucking isolation in pursuit of Olympic dream

Apart from the obvious grind in training in anticipation for the Games, the 25-year-old has to fight a more mental battle — one against homesickness and isolation......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 7th, 2021

PSC chief upbeat Team PH can win an Olympic gold in Tokyo

By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez  is convinced the 19-man Team Philippines has a pretty good chance of winning the country’s first Olympic gold in the Tokyo Games. “Yes, we have a strong chance,” said Ramirez during PSC Hour program of Radyo Pilipinas Dos last Friday.  “Naniniwala akong may medalya […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2021

Olympic Dream ng Gilas Pilipinas, naglaho

MANILA, Philippines – Tuluyan nang nagwakas ang pangarap ng Gilas Pilipinas na makapaglaro sa Tokyo Olympics matapos ilampaso ng Dominican Republic, 94-67, sa ikalawa nilang laro sa FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) na ginanap sa Belgrade, Serbia. Sa 1st  at 2nd quarter ay halos dikitan lang ang laban kung saan nagawa pang lumamang ng Gilas […] The post Olympic Dream ng Gilas Pilipinas, naglaho appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2021

Fearless Gilas gives world No. 5 Serbia huge scare before losing 83-76

By JONAS TERRADO The fearless group of youngsters representing Gilas Pilipinas nearly pulled off the “impossible dream” early Thursday (Manila time) after pushing world powerhouse Serbia to the max before absorbing an 83-76 loss in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament at the latter’s home floor in Belgrade. Given little chance not only to win but […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJun 30th, 2021

Ando’s Olympic medal dream boosted with banning of Romanian world no. 1

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebuana weightlifter Elreen Anne Ando’s chance of bagging a medal in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics got a massive boost after the women’s -64-kilogram top contender from Romania was banned from the quadrennial meet due to doping allegations. The world of weightlifting is lately purging athletes who allegedly use illegal substances to […] The post Ando’s Olympic medal dream boosted with banning of Romanian world no. 1 appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 18th, 2021

Kai ready for war

Kai Sotto’s dream of playing for Gilas at the men’s level will soon come true as he looks forward to suiting up for the Philippines at the FIBA Asia Cup third qualifying window in Clark on June 16-20 and the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Belgrade on June 30-July 4......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 10th, 2021

Philippine bobsled team on COVID-19 frontline duty, Winter Olympic dream

From the deep blue seas to the frozen Great White North to COVID-19 frontline duty......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 31st, 2021

Alcantara bombs out

Arven Alcantara kissed his Olympic dream goodbye following a sorry loss in the 2021 Asian Taekwondo Olympic Qualifying Tournament Friday at the Kempinski Hotel in Amman, Jordan. A Southeast Asian Games silver medalist, Alcantara suffered a 9-23 setback to Ulugbek Rashitov of Uzbekistan in the quarterfinals of the men’s -68kg category to miss the bus […] The post Alcantara bombs out appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 21st, 2021