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Sports execs plot Tokyo bid

They (NSA) will present their Olympic programs. It will be a very crucial meeting.




Various national sports associations (NSA) who are hoping to qualify athletes in the Tokyo Olympics are set to present their plans, programs and expectations before chief of mission and Philippine Football Federation president Mariano Araneta on Wednesday.

The Tokyo Olympics qualifying conference will take place at the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) conference room of the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex with as many as 25 NSAs expected to be present.

Marc Velasco, training director of the PSC Sports Institute, said Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman William Ramirez and his four commissioners, and Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Abraham Tolentino and chairman Steve Hontiveros will be there to listen to the NSA officials.

“They (NSA) will present their Olympic programs. It will be a very crucial meeting,” said Velasco during the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum.

Qualifying tournaments are lined up for the different NSA leading to the Tokyo Olympics in July.

So far, the Philippines has qualified two athletes to this year’s Summer Games — gymnast Carlos Yulo and pole vaulter EJ Obiena.

The Philippines is counting on more athletes to qualify in boxing, taekwondo, swimming and weightlifting, among others.

The PSC, meanwhile, will celebrate its 30th year on Friday with simple ceremonies at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

The PSC, upon the initiative of its officials and employees, decided to celebrate the anniversary with less fanfare. Instead, the government agency has prepared a donation drive for the victims of the Taal eruption.

The affair will start with a mass at 9 a.m. and the presentation of awards to deserving employees.

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