Elite sports athletes to be re-evaluated
By: Peter Atencio (Manila Standard Today)

THE priority sports and athletes’ program of the Philippine Sports Commission is set to undergo re-evaluation in the coming days.

Philippine Olympic Committee chairman Tom Carrasco said this following an executive council meeting last Wednesday.

In the meeting, which also involved Philippine Sports Commission chairman Ricardo “Richie” Garcia, Carrasco said national sports associations, which have not given a good showing in the last two years, and non-medal winning athletes will have to be stricken from the list.

“We will be scheduling a hearing with the NSA for a review of this,” said Carrasco.

NSAs which are in the priority sports program of the agency will get a big chunk of financial assistance from the PSC.

On the other hand, priority athletes will be given P40,000 as monthly allowance, on the condition that they will train full time.

For now, there are 10 NSAs which are listed in the priority sports program, namely boxing, taekwondo, athletics, swimming, wushu, archery, wrestling, bowling, weightlifting and billiards.

Carrasco made reminders that that non-performing sports and athletes will be removed from the priority list.

Those who deserve to be in the roster, will be elevated into the program.