PSI to identify needs of Pinoy athletes

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Philippine Sports Institute (PSI) National Training Director Marc Velasco said that monitoring and observation are crucial primary steps to enhance the Philippine sports system.

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“The Philippine Sports Institute will not only cater to one sport but rather all athletes. And we will enhance support [from grassroots level]going to elite athletes,” said Velasco on Tuesday.

The former Hong Kong Sports Institute strength and conditioning specialist said that they would take more comprehensive approach to identify the needs of every athlete.

“We will have a group which will closely monitor their trainings and identify their needs,” he added.

Velasco was with the pool of experts that helped Hong Kong’s Olympian bronze medalist Lee Wai Sze prepare for the 2012 London Games.

PSI’s regional training offices are currently undergoing organizational structuring.

Philippine Sports Commission Chairman Butch Ramirez has already identified 10 sites to be used as training hubs, namely Baguio, Cebu City and Vigan for athletics, Davao City for diving, Manila and Cebu Provinces for taekwondo, Dumaguete for archery, Bacolod and Davao Provinces for boxing, and Zamboanga City for weightlifting.

Meanwhile, Velasco announced that the PSI would conduct sports seminars simultaneous with the holding of the Batang Pinoy slated on November 27 to December 2 in Tagum City, Davao del Norte.

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