- POC chair boasts of PH getting 5 Olympic medals in 2020 Tokyo Games
- He even claimed he has two sure bets who can get the gold
- However, he said PH must set up proper facilities, training programs for athletes
MANILA, Philippines – Can the country strike gold in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics? Peping Cojuangco thinks so.
According to the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president, the nation can bag not only, but five gold medals in the world’s most prestigious sporting event.
Cojuangco even boast he already has two athletes in mind who can end the country’s gold medal drought.
“I already have two sure candidates in mind,” the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted him as saying. “I have a strong feeling they can win it. But I don’t want to mention the sport; I don’t want to pressure them.”
At the same time, Cojuangco said the Philippines must set up training facilities and implement programs to ensure that the athletes will be at their peak form come 2020 in Tokyo.
“We just have to fuel them up with high-octane gasoline and their performances can translate into gold medals. We need a training center to achieve this. Without a training center, getting those medals will be difficult,” he said; adding that they are finalizing the plan for the construction of a facility in Clark Green City.
The Philippines has never won gold in the quadriennal meet since its inception; having garnered only 3 silver and 7 bronze medals for a total count of 10.
Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz was the latest athlete to win a medal for the country; achieving a second-place finish in in Rio de Janeiro last year. Before her, boxer Mansueto “Onyok” Velasco also obtained a silver medal in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.