Reigning Southeast Asian Games champion Jesson Ramil Cid of decath-lon will be the recipient of the Adopt-an-Olympian program, according to Philippine Track and Field Association (Patafa) President Philip Ella Juico.
The newly-elected Patafa chief made the announcement on Tuesday at the Club Filipino main function room in San Juan City saying “I’m happy to see that there are some private sectors who really wanted to help our national athletes. They believe that our athletes have the capability to win Olympic medals.”
The Adopt-an-Olympian program, founded by James Lafferty of British American Tobacco Philippines, will spend an estimated amount of P160,000 a month for the training of Cid until the 2016 Rio Olympics.
“The PSC [Philippine Sports Commission] and Patafa are doing great in supporting the athletes but they can’t rely much more on the tax money. That’s why we need the help of private sectors to finance our elite athletes,” said Lafferty.
Cid will be supported by Wong Chu King foundation.
“I’m much willing to abide all rules and regulations of the program because this rare opportunity comes to you only once,” said Cid, a two-time University athletic Association of the Philippines Athletics Most Valuable Player awardee.
He will compete in the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea on September 19 to October 4.