Money, Money, Money is the number One problem of our Philippine Sports in developing or raising an Olympian which is absolutely true to other athletes of other countries. Funding is translated for the payment of the Coaches, Clothing/Athletic Apparel, Housing or Accommodation, Food & Nutrition, Travel & Exposures to International Games, Insurance & Medical Needs, Family Support (if the athlete has a wife & kids), Sport Facility Fees and Membership to Fitness Clubs/Gyms, and Sports Biomechanics and Sports Psychology Support.
I have yet to find out a news article that says how much did the PSC or POC or the National Sports Associations spent for each of the 15 Filipino Olympians to the 2008 Beijing Olympics during their training and preparation for the 2008 Bejing Olympics. If not, maybe, asking how much our swimmer Miguel Molina spent for his training for the 2008 Olympics out of his family financial resources.
I had observed that they (government, supporters & rich private individuals, and sponsors) give such funding/money as a reward if the Filipino Olympian wins a medal. If the PSC or POC or the National Sports Associations are giving funding to these athletes, I have the impression that the support is not enough. Can we not do the reverse way of spending the rewards first (P 15M) to raise or develop Filipino Olympians and not promising them of any financial rewards if they win the gold medal? And later give the rewards after a Filipino Olympian wins the Gold Medal?
To my mind, a Filipino Olympic Gold Medalist needs only the following basic needs—a decent house & lot, a simple car, a monthly financial support to support his family and training, free medical & dental services, educational scholarship & monthly support (for books & school needs) for himself and for his children up to college degree, and an employment/job in the private or local government sector or a simple business of his own.
Miraclecello, if you are reading this post, maybe you can make a story on this topic from our 15 Filipino Olympians since you are there right now in Beijing.
Aside from the need of funding, the interest towards a certain sports/game should start at an early age—later years in the elementary grades and/or at the start of high school level. A child should be able to have his/her interest to a game at the age of 8-10 years old and start training at the age of 12.
Our sports authorities should be able to concentrate developing or raising Olympians in games/sports that offer multiple medals like track and field, gymnastics, cycling, swimming, shooting, boxing, wrestling, archery, taekwando, and diving. On the other hand, we have to concentrate also on sports where height and body structure are not considered as primary factors in order to win like, trampoline, table tennis, badminton, weightlifting (lighter weight categories), judo (lighter weight categories), soccer, handball, triathlon, archery, and softball.
Anyway, to give my readers a more comprehensive view on this topic, please read this!
Lastly, for my “honest-to-goodness” prediction for our quest of that elusive gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, our Filipino Olympic Team will not bring home any gold medal this time! I am sorry to say this in this blog as I predict that our first gold medal will be forthcoming by 2028 Olympic Games (yes, that is 20 years from now provided our sports authorities and sports associations will be “all-out” supportive and transparent in their support/funding to our elite athletes and soon-to-be Olympians).
Did I hurt someboby’s feeling? Well, reality bites!
We’ll have to find out what our sports officials will say to the media and public why we were not able to win a gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Oooppss, it’s time to continue my P90X Program….Happy running and Always stay fit & healthy!