PhilCycling seeks inclusion of entire cycling in PSC priority sports

October 15, 2014 6:04 am 

MANILA, Oct. 14 -– The Integrated Cycling Federation of the Philippines (PhilCycling) is pushing for the entire cycling team to be considered as part of the priority sports program of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and not just Bicycle Motocross (BMX) alone.

PhilCycling president Bambol Tolentino made the matter clear after getting feelers the government sports agency is planning to include BMX in its list of priority sports in the light of the gold medal feat by rider Daniel Caluag in the recent 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.

“From what I’ve read and hear, the (PSC) will only consider BMX as part of its priority sports program. Dapat it should be the entire cycling team,” said Tolentino in the regular session of the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum on Tuesday at Shakey’s Malate.

“In billiards, it should not be 9-ball only? In track and field, long jump only? It should not be BMX only, it should be the whole cycling,” said Tolentino, who is also congressman of the sixth district of Cavite.

Among the priority sports recognized by the PSC include boxing, wushu, taekwondo, athletics, wrestling, billiards, and archery. Already dropped from the list are swimming and weightlifting.

The golden feat of Caluag in the Asiad, the lone gold won by the country, is one proof Filipino riders can excel in the sport, and therefore should be deserving of proper funding from the PSC, according to Tolentino.

“The victory of Daniel Caluag is an eye opener that cycling has potential as an Olympic sport. We will not force them to include the whole cycling but we’re asking if they can include the whole cycling,” he said.

The PhilCycling president added in the same session presented by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, Shakey’s, and Accel, the federation is now preparing for the country’s coming campaign in next year’s Southeast Asian Games in Singapore under new American coach Chris Allison.

Still, Tolentino said the focus is really more on the 2016 Rio De Jainero Olympics and the 2018 Asiad in Indonesia, where he said Caluag will be eyeing back-to-back gold medals.

”We’re preparing now for Olympic and back-to-back gold in Asian Games,” he stressed. “SEA Games is a done deal already, specially that BMX silver and bronze medalist in the recent Asiad are from Japan and China.”

At the same time, Tolentino said the PhilCycling has disbanded the entire national pool by replacing it with riders all 23-years-old-and-below, some of them will be send to compete in the coming Asian Championship in Indonesia. (PNA)

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