Filipino-American athletes to join PNG

Filipino-American athletes to join PNG
By: Frank Calapre(Manila Times)

THE Philippine Sports Commission said that it would reimburse the expenses of foreign athletes with Filipino parentage that will join the 2013 Philippine Olympic Committee-Philippine Sports Commission (POC-PSC) National Games that is set to start on May 24 at the Rizal Memorial Football field in Malate, Manila.

“We will reimburse their expenses if they win in the [Philippine National Games],” said PSC Commissioner Jolly Gomez during the recent Philippine Sportswriters Association forum in Malate, Manila.

Among the athletes mentioned by Gomez are twin sisters Kyla and Kayla Richardson, of Los Angeles, California whose mother is from Zamboanga City.

The Richardson sisters, according to Gomez, have the potential to become the country’s top sprinters. The 14-year-old Kyla posted 12.00 seconds in the 100-meter dash and 24.12 in the 200-m dash recently in a competition at the Academy of Speed in Rancho, Cucamonga, California.

He also said that any athlete competing in “priority” sports, who will suffer loss in the PNG would be reverted to receiving the regular monthly honorarium. “Our priority athletes will be reverted to the regular monthly pay should they lose in the competition,” added Gomez.

A total of 6,000 athletes from 17 regions throughout the country have confirmed their participation in the PNG.