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PSC supports hiring of foreign coaches

By Peter Atencio | Feb. 15, 2013 at 12:01am
The Philippine Sports Commission will support plans to hire foreign coaches, who will help track and field athletes prepare for international meets this year.

PSC chairman Richie Garcia said this after plans to send national athletes to Australia did not materialize because of financial constraints.

Still alive. Jose Rizal University-Air21’s Bryon Villariaz (right) loses control of the ball while driving to the hoop against NLEX’s RR Garcia in a Philippine Basketball Association D-League Aspirants’ Cup game won by the Bombers, 108-94. The Vergel Meneses-coached JRU team staved off elimination and forced a sudden death with the Road Warriors in their semifinal series.


Instead, three foreign coaches will be around to help national athletes get ready for the 27th Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar.

The coaches coming are specialists in sprints, long jump, hurdles and other field events.

The coaching staff of the national squad, headed by Joseph Sy, is reviewing a list of 28 prospective athletes, who can be sent to the games this December.

The young  pool will compensate for the absence of medal- rich events in the games like the men’s and women’s 400-meter hurdles, the men’s and women’s triples jump, the men’s and women’s hammer throw, the decathlon and the heptathlon.

Without the eight events, members of the national coaching staff said the gold-medal prospects will now rest on the performances of Archand Christian Bagsit in the 400-meter run,   the 100-meter relays, 4x100-meter relays and the 4x400-meter relays; Mervin Guarte (800-meter and 1,500-meter run) and Rene Herrera (5,000-meter run and 3,000-meter steeplechase).

Promising runner Patrick Unso is also expected to make his mark in the 110-meter hurdles.
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