PSC gives "extra baon" to Singapore SEA Games athletes
Mark Escarlote on May 28, 2015 08:02 AM
We are proud to say that we used to give $300 to all the athletes and coaches, now we will be giving you an allowance of $500 --- PSC chairman Ricardo Garcia.
Athletes bound to the Singapore Southeast Asian Games will receive additional “baon” for their campaign in the 28th edition of the meet.
Philippine Sports Commission chairman Ricardo Garcia proudly announced Wednesday night that the Filipino bets will be given an extra $200 allowance from the usual $300 pocket money they had in their past participation to the biennial meet.
“Our athletes and coaches will be receiving additional allowances in the Southeast Asian Games,” said Garcia in his address to the bulk of the more than 700 athletes and officials of the PHI delegation to the SEA Games who attended the sendoff ceremony held at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.
“We are proud to say that we used to give $300 to all the athletes and coaches, now we will be giving you an allowance of $500,” added Garcia, whose statement was welcomed with a loud cheer and applause that echoed inside the venue.
The PSC head also reminded the athletes of the mouthwatering incentives that will be given to gold medal winners.
“Let me remind all the athletes what you will get by winning medals in the SEA Games,” Garcia added. “A gold means a P40,000 a month allowance for the next two years.”
Also, 14 former national athletes and coaches were given a total amount of almost P1.5 million retirement incentives coming from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation.
The Philippine contingent finished seventh in the 2013 Myanmar SEA Games with only 29 gold medals to boot together with 34 silvers and 37 bronzes.
Surpassing the worst placing of the country in the regional meet’s history is the marching order to the 464 athletes taking part in the multi-sport spectacle.
“For the coming 2015 SEA Games not only us but the entire nation will be one and united in cheering for the success of the PHI Team,” Garcia said.
The PHI delegation will start to pour in to Singapore on June 2. The national football team arrived in advance in the island nation last Tuesday.
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