Athletics chief Philip Ella Juico lamented the fact that national athletes are more inclined to represent their respective schools than fight for flag and country.

With the Indonesia Asian Games kicking off on Aug. 18, Juico revealed that at least three collegiate standouts have opted to stay behind to focus on their commitment with their schools.

“That’s the problem with student-athletes,” said Juico, whose target of fielding 21 bets to the Asian Games is in peril.

Juico did not name the athletes but they are all aligned with the UAAP and their respective coaches have also made it clear that their allegiance is with the mother schools and not the country.

“There is one coach who handles four schools and you could just imagine what he does during the 15th and 30th of each month,” said Juico, who formerly headed the Philippine Sports Commission in the late-1990s.

Still, Juico understands the dilemma he is in, stressing that the same thing happens in other sports.

“Family first,” said Juico, who nonetheless is urging the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) to allow him to submit the final list of athletes on June 30 and not earlier as instructed “because of logistics.”

“I told them that we will take care of the rebooking fees and other expenses,” he added.

Juico said that some Asiad candidates are still in the thick of training and in the middle of preparation for various foreign meets.

There will be 46 events in athletics in the Asian Games.



Date: June 13, 2018 | By: Nick Giongco | Newspaper: Manila Bulletin | Source: