POC Slams Door on 13 athletes.(Sports)
Byline: JEAN MALANUM
THE PHILIPPINE Olympic Committee executive board yesterday slammed the door on four national sports associations seeking additional slots to the RP contingent bound for the Asian Games in Busan next month.
Except for the appeal for inclusion of one shooter which it kept pending, the executive board upheld the decision of the joint PSC-POC Task Force to deny the request for 13 more slots sought by the cycling, soft tennis, bodybuilding and lawn tennis associations.
The board made an exception in shooter Therese Cantada, who, based on documents presented by the Philippine National Shooting Association, set a new RP record of 576 points in the sport pistol during the Asian Games eliminations last May. The old record was 573.
Cantadas record was said to be the same as the second-place finisher in the World Cup in Milan a performance that should merit her inclusion to the delegation, the PNSA said.
Subject to the confirmation of Cantadas record, the task force will allow her to go to Busan, said POC president Celso Dayrit after emerging from yesterdays meeting.
Athletes that failed to get the POC boards nod were cyclists Ronald Gorantes, Bryan Dimacali and Wilson Blass; bodybuilders Angelito Llora and Jesus Duga; soft tennis players Orlando Silvoza, Michael Enriquez, Divina Escala and Deena Cruz.
On the other hand, the POCs decision to deny the lawn tennis associations request for four additional players in Johnny Arcilla, Joseph Victorino, Czarina Mae Arevalo and Patricia Santos left the contingent leaner by one athlete and one official. …