In accordance with the provision of financial assistance for the athletes next year, the Philippine Sports Commission will be setting stricter rules and guidelines. The provision would be given for those performing athletes, considering their achievement in the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.
Deserving athletes to get financial support
“An overall assessment of all athletes will be done to identify who among them really deserve funding from the government,” said PH chef de mission William ‘Butch’ Ramirez.
“We have been all out in supporting our athletes for the SEA Games. Starting January, we will make sure that the financial assistance (on all athletes) will be performance-based.” Ramirez added.
There were 1,115 Filipino athletes from 56 different sports in the biennial meet set to represent the country from November 30 to December 11 in Metro Manila, Clark and Subic.
Tier 1, athletes who gave pride and honor to the country
The PSC has already allocated over P1.2 billion for the training, foreign exposure, allowances, and needs of Filipino athletes, their coaches, and the purchase of equipment.
According to Ramirez, the PSC will classify athletes and sports into three tiers.
Tier 1 will be composed of athletes who have given pride and honor to the country in high-level tournaments overseas. As of now, sports commission has already identified at least 20 athletes, including recent world champions Carlos Edriel Yulo of gymnastics and Nesthy Petecio of boxing, Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz weightlifting, Asian champions EJ Obiena of pole vault and skateboarder Margielyn Didal.
“They will get all the necessary financial support needed for them to succeed,” Ramirez said.
Tiers 2 and 3 categorization for athletes
Different national sports associations’ athletes who don’t belong in tier 1 category but still deserving to get PSC’s support will be gathered in tier 2, while non-performing sports athletes will be categorized in tier 3.
“Most of the countries that are successful identify the focus sports where majority of the budget pie goes,’’ Ramirez said.
“We cannot do it here because we must help even those who didn’t perform well. But those athletes we know who are capable of winning will definitely get a much bigger allocation.” Ramirez added.