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.
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 youngÂ pool will compensate for the absence of medal- rich events in the games like the menâ€™s and womenâ€™s 400-meter hurdles, the menâ€™s and womenâ€™s triples jump, the menâ€™s and womenâ€™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,Â Â 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.