Manila, Philippines – Fil-American cyclist Daniel Caluag qualiﬁed for the 30th Olympic Games, becoming the eighth athlete to carry the Philippine colors in the world’s biggest sports gathering scheduled on July 27 to Aug. 12 in London.
The 25-year-old Caluag, son of a Filipino couple from Bulacan who migrated to the US many years ago, ﬁgured prominently in three tough qualifying tournaments to get the needed high-ranking points and emerge as the only Asian to make it to the BMX event.
“I knew from the start that Caluag would get it. He really trained and worked hard to earn the slot,“said Philcycling president and Tagaytay City mayor Bambol Tolentino yesterday.
The other Filipino bidder whom Tolentino supported along with Smart was not as lucky.
Alexis Vergara didn’t do well in the UCI BMX world championship in Birmingham, England recently, thus missing the Olympic starting field of 60.
Philippine team Chief of Mission Manny Lopez confirmed the qualification of Caluag, a four-time BMX top pro in the US, after receiving an e-mail from the London Organizing Committee for Olympic Games (LOCOG) the other day.
The PH team is supported by ITCSI, Bank of Philippine Islands, Mizuno and Samsonite.