DECATHLETE Jesson Cid will have the support he needs when he competes not only in the 2014 Asian Games, but in his bid to make it to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
James Lafferty, founder of the Adopt-an-Olympian program, said he will help foot the bill for Cid’s undertaking for the next two years, and on a voluntary basis.
The 22-year-old Cid, who set a new Philippine record of 7,038 points to win the gold in the decathlon in the 2013 Southeast Asian Games, will be supported in his training through the Wong Chu King Foundation, the charity arm of the clothing company Mighty Sports Apparel Holdings.
Cid, who is from Dingras, Ilocos Norte, and was hailed a two-time MVP while seeing action for the Far Eastern University during his days in the UAAP, also tallied 7069 points during the recent Philippine National Games, which is another Philippine record.
“It’s really an opportunity as a young athlete to get support like this for the Rio Olympics. Sa akin po, inisip ko na magandang pagkakataon ito, so grab ko na po,” remarked Cid during a press conference yesterday at the Club Filipino in Greenhills.
Lafferty said Cid’s bill could reach P160,000 per month for the next two years, and the program, which he describes as holistic, will take care of his food supplements, food, strength and conditioning coach, medical expenses and other things related to his training.
The support will supplement whatever help he is already getting from the Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association, led by newly elected president Phillip Ella Juico.