GO PUSHES FOR MORE INCENTIVES FOR FILIPINO ATHLETES COMPETING IN TOKYO OLYMPICS
SENATE Committee on Sports Chairman Christopher 'Bong' Go has pushed for additional support for Team Philippines who will be competing in the Tokyo Olympics.
Following the request of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) coursed through Go, the Office of the President will provide additional allowance to athletes competing in the Olympics and Paralympics.
“Nagpapasalamat po tayo sa mahal na Pangulo, sa Office of the President, dahil inaprubahan nila ang ating apela na dagdagan ang allowances ng ating mga atleta na lalahok sa Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics,” said Go.
“Ako, ine-expect ko na makakuha tayo ng ginto. We wish them good luck at ako naman po ay tiwalang kakayanin nating manalo at makakuha ng ating inaasam na gold medal para sa ating bayan. Dito lang po kami nagbibigay ng full support sa ating mga atleta,” he added.
Go confirmed that an additional allowance worth P100,000 was granted by the President as token and to celebrate the achievement of the athletes qualified for the Olympics and Paralympics.
Earlier, initial allowances and provisions have already been given to the athletes and coaches including US$1,000 per person, delegation supply of competition equipment and uniforms, plane tickets, billeting, and delegation uniforms through the efforts of the PSC.
There are presently 19 Filipino Olympians qualified to compete in the Olympics which will take place from July 23 to September 8 and five Filipino Paralympians qualified for the Paralympics, which will take place from August 24 to September 5.
Under Republic Act No. 10699, Olympic medalists would be awarded P10 million if they win a gold medal; P5 million for a silver medal; and P2 million for a bronze medal.
On the other hand, Paralympic medalists would get P5 million for a gold medal; P2.5 million for a silver medal; and P1 million for a bronze medal.
According to Go, the President is also expected to provide additional cash incentives to all medalists.