• Aquino unhappy with dismal PH showing at Incheon Asiad

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    PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd is unhappy with the country’s poor showing at the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, and wants a shift of focus to sports where Filipino athletes have the best chance of winning.

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    The Incheon Asiad ended on Saturday with the 150-member Philippine contingent bagging a gold medal, three silvers and 11 bronzes to finish 22nd among the 55 countries that competed.

    It was the country’s worst finish in the regional sports event in 28 years.

    On Sunday, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the President has called on the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) to “focus resources on sports where Filipinos have a competitive advantage.”

    “We are not happy with the results of the Asian Games,” he bluntly told reporters.

    The PSC “has a lot of things to do to improve the performance of our athletes. The President believes that it is time we focus our resources on some sports where we have a competitive advantage and can excel,” Coloma said.

    The commission must also seek the help of the private sector in developing sports, he added.

    “We have been reminded a number of times already because we haven’t seen a [gold-medal] performance for a very long time,” Coloma said.

    He commended BMX cyclist Daniel Patrick Caluag, who won the lone gold for the Philippines at Incheon.

    “Even in boxing where we used to reap gold medals unfortunately failed, save for a silver medal. We must therefore have better preparation for our athletes,” Coloma said.

    The seventh-place finish of Gilas Pilipinas, the national basketball team, should also teach everyone a lesson or two when it comes to sports, he added.

    “We learned a lot from [this debacle]and we can use these lessons in the future to improve the performance in future competitions,” Coloma said.

    The Philippine medal output in Incheon is way below the three golds, four silvers and nine bronzes it picked up in the 2010 Games in Guangzhou, China.

    The country also bagged just one gold in the 1998 Games in Bangkok, Thailand, and the 1990 Games in Beijing, China.

    In Incheon, it finished behind regional neighbors Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar, and only fared better than Cambodia and Laos.

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    1. The Asiad this year is 2014 and the palace has referred to the much better performance in the last Asiad which was in 2010.

      That much better performance in 2010 was a result of GMAs administration whereas this 2014 performance was a result of PNoys administration. They appear to blame the Sports Commission but what has the PNoy administration done so far ?

    2. mr Coloma, talaga bang wala ka ng kahihiyan, umepal pa kayo diyan
      sa Palasyo, wala naman kayong binibigay na suporta sa mga
      athleta, kaya gutom sila. Dapat kayo nga ang magpaliwanag sa mga
      kapalpakan, Hangga ngayon ang mga pinagsasabi ninyong improvement
      sa bansa ay pawang illusyon o panaginip lang.

    3. Dismal performance? Too little government assistance/support, but too much POLITICS in Philippine sports, that’s why.

    4. Question is, did or does the government provide enough funding for the development of Philippine sports, whatever they may be? Of was the budget also diverted to the DAP

    5. and pnoy has the audacity to be unhappy with the philippine delagate to the 2014 inchon asiad? how dare he? how much money is his administration trying to set aside for the 2016 elections? i bet it’s a lot of money. taxpayers’ money. if its true that 1 million pesos was awarded to our only gold medalist in incheon as a form of cash incentive, then i suppose there is more money to be awarded as cash incentives if every filipino athlete won a gold medal in incheon. that said, why are we then not spending this “incentive money” to fully support our athlethes? my question is: is this the norm as far as the philippine sports commission is concernred? to dangle 1 million pesos ( assuming that’s what it is ) in incentive money over our athletes’ head on the premise that if they win a gold they get the cash incentive? and if they don’t, where does the money go? i would like to know. the problem is, there is no investment on our good athletes whatsoever. no matter how good they are, they are pretty much on their own. yet there is 1 million pesos incentive if they win gold. what the hell?

    6. the country needs to provide compensation and pensions and benefits to our athletes like government employees. more training, good nutrition, better equipment and lodging areas, better benefits and pay. without this we will never win. how can you train an athlete who is poor and hungry?