Start their youth so that athletes can thrive in international meetings – PSC head

Heidelin Diaz of the Philippines competes in the women's 55kg weightlifting event during the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Hanoi on May 20, 2022.  (Photo by TANG CHHIN SOTHY and AFP)

Heidelin Diaz of the Philippines competes in the women’s 55kg weightlifting event during the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Hanoi on May 20, 2022. (Photo by TANG CHHIN SOTHY and AFP)

MANILA, Philippines – According to Philippine Sports Commission Chairman William “Bach” Ramirez, sports leaders should quickly scout and train their athletes so that they can develop and improve in international competition, such as the Southeast Asian Games.

“Rome was not built overnight so athletes cannot be overnight champions in an international game like the SEA Games. It’s best to start at a young age as it takes time to develop them, “said Ramirez on Sunday.

He chose Heidelin Diaz, a gold medalist at the Tokyo Olympics, and world champion Carlos Adriel Yulo, who stamped their classes in weightlifting and gymnastics in Hanoi, respectively, as a product of the long-term program that made them elite athletes.

“Diaz is a product of the PSC grassroots development program when he made his debut as a wild card entry at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games at the age of 17,” said the PSC chief, who was the national team’s chef de mission. At that time PH was contingent.

Carlos Yulo won the gold medal in men's floor practice and is still playing  Sea Games Pool

Carlos Yulo won the gold medal in men’s floor practice and is still playing Sea Games Pool

An eight-year-old official of the Philippine Gymnastics Association, Ulo has emerged as the country’s top athlete with five gold and two silver medals for the second consecutive SEA Games in the Vietnam edition.

“Before Calloway [Yulo] Becoming a world-class athlete, he specializes in Batang Pinoy and Palarang Pambangsa, ”said Ramirez of the two-youth meeting, which is affiliated with the government sports body.

Both sportsfests have been suspended for two consecutive years due to the COVID-19 epidemic.

Ramirez prayed that both the event and the PSC’s Philippine National Games, another breeding ground for sports talent, would resume soon, as the country copes better with the virus crisis and the situation continues to improve.

Ramirez cites boxing and archery among grassroots sports development programs that have enabled them to identify young boxers and archers for overseas competition.

“Veteran Tokyo Olympics veterans Felix Yumir’s Martial and Nesti Petesio rose to the youth boxing rankings when Pia and Abi Bidaure and Phoebe Amistoso, who won the women’s team recurve event in archery, made their debut in the early 20’s and as a junior archer,” he said. Mentioned.

“What we are saying is that if we plant the seeds of scouting and nutrition for our athletes through grassroots programs, they and our country will be rewarded and recognized in the future as they rise to international competition.”

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