Advanced training program set for qualified athletes to Paris Olympics

The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) Executive Board approved the advanced training program for qualified athletes to the 2024 Paris Olympics during its regular meeting Thursday, Nov. 17, in Tagaytay City.

French aerial patrol ‘Patrouille de France’ fly over the fan village of The Trocadero set in front of The Eiffel Tower, in Paris on August 8, 2021 upon the transmission of the closing ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. (Photo by STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP)

POC President Bambol Tolentino said they have negotiated a bargain for an all-in advanced training package for Filipino athletes in Paris amounting to 65 euros (P3,900) a day for each qualified athlete.

“It’s a bargain and it’s affordable,” said Tolentino.

“It’s all-in—free breakfast, lunch and dinner, and more importantly free venue, doctor, medical and sauna, among others. Everything is there in the sport venue.”

According to Tolentino, the venue is situated near the banks of La Moselle in Paris. The length of stay would also depend on when an athlete gets his or her qualification.

Tolentino also said the POC could only come up with the total cost of the program until after qualified athletes are known next year and early 2024.

The POC will advance the expenses but will reimburse the amount from the Paris Olympics budget of P100 million that was pegged by the Philippine Sports Commission.

The POC sent a delegation headed by Tolentino to inspect and scout training venues and accommodations for Filipino athletes last October.

“We did our best to get an early reservation because representatives from other NOCs already went there like Brazil and the US to get early reservation,” Tolentino said.

“Otherwise, it will be difficult if we don't get an early reservation.”

At the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, 19 athletes qualified and competed with the team going home with one gold, two silver and one bronze medal.