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Garcia: US training for athletes eyed

Incheon Asian Games chief of mission Richie Garcia is moving heaven and earth to boost the country’s chances of winning gold medals in the Sept. 19 to Oct. , 2014 sportsfest.

Garcia, chairman of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), told a group of track and field athletes yesterday that anyone among them who will showcase extraordinary talent in the Southeast Asian Games this December in Myanmar will be sent abroad to hone their skills.

Speaking before the majority of medalists fresh from competing in the Thailand Open, Garcia said anyone who looks sensational in the SEAG should be ready to pack their bags and willing to spend months under the watchful eyes of experts on foreign land.

Garcia’s offer of US training is not only meant for tracksters but to all athletes who will make heads turn in the Myanmar SEAG set Dec. 11 to 22.

“You have to be ready for 10 months of training,” said Garcia. “The Asian Games is a different story.”
Garcia was assigned as CDM by the Philippine Olympic Committee last week and his early appointments is obviously a move to enhance the Philippines’ chances of surpassing its 17th place finish in the last Asian Games in Guangzhou with a medal haul of 3-4-9 (gold-silver-bronze).

“This is the reason why I want to identify early on who are the athletes who can compete at the Asian level,” said Garcia, who plans to name Incheon-bound bets as early as January 2014. (Nick Giongco)

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