Palace seeking ways to help athletes excel in sports

Amid Philippines' slimming chances to snatch the elusive gold or even a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics, Malacanang says it is seeking ways to help athletes in sporting events.

Presidential deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said Tuesday President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III has instructed officials to identify sports where Pinoys could win.

“Ang sinasabi po ng Pangulo is, given na limited po ang resources natin, kailangan nating i-identify ang mga paligsahan kung saan tayo malakas — doon sa mga sport na meron tayong pagkakataon at kailangang linangin ang ating mga atleta. By doing that, we will get to allocate the limited resources to support our athletes in those areas where we can excel,” Valte said.

Philippine Sports Commission has a total budget of around P178 million, P30 million of which was dedicated for the Olympics.

Valte also wished the athletes luck.

“Well, good luck po … marami ang nanonood… parang there’s a collected groan from the country noong natanggal ’yung weightlifter natin. Sayang — kahapon po ’yon. Sayang po but there will be other opportunities. We wish him luck mamaya sa kanyang pagsabak,” Valte added.

Eleven Pinoy athletes are participating in the 2012 Summer Olympics in weightlifting, swimming, shooting, cycling, boxing, athletics and archery.

Earlier, Hidilyn Diaz failed to lift on the women's 58Kg Group B weightlifting competition at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Swimmer Jessie Lacuna has also been eliminated after failing to qualify to the semi-finals of the men’s 200-meter freestyle event.

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