Chris Tiu wastes no time for Asiad
Danine Cruz on Aug 07, 2018 09:49 AM
From vacation to practice real quick, Chris Tiu wastes no time.
In the middle of a mass, spending vacation with family, taking a short break from basketball. This was Rain-or-Shine point guard Chris Tiu's state when he got news that after all the fuss, he is still going to represent the Philippines in the 2018 Asian Games.
"I was actually in mass when a friend texted me and asked me if it was true, I said 'I have no idea.' So I went online and checked Twitter and it looked like all the credible journalists were tweeting about it already and I figured, baka totoo na nga kasi nagka-press con na."
Tiu, who donned the national jersey multiple times and was part of the original Smart Gilas team, was fresh from a lengthy family trip in Batangas when the news break out, Sunday evening.
As a result of both excitement and panic, he immediately hit the gym just hours after the confirmation.
"I’m not 23 years old anymore. I don’t want to push myself too much in a short time and get hurt. So I said, 'You know, we have to start now. I can’t wait until Monday and then start lifting and doing some cardio,” said the 33-year-old who posted a gym selfie on his Instagram Stories Sunday evening.
After the Elasto Painters bowed in the semifinals of the ongoing PBA Commissioner's Cup, Tiu set his mind already on the Governor's Cup which will start on August 17. But now that he has the Asian Games to work for, he treats it as a welcome challenge.
"I programmed my mind and my schedule in preparation for the coming PBA season, which starts in 3 weeks. So I know my body quite well after all these years, I know I should have three weeks to get ready and pace everything. When I found out about this and I checked when was the first game, “10 days? Oh my God.”
After the first team practice, Monday evening in the Meralco Gym, Tiu reminisced with reporters his past experiences representing the country. From telling his own experiences in 2010 Asian Games to being back playing for Coach Yeng Guiao again, he beamed with excitement on the new international assignment at hand.
"Lolo na ako eh," he quipped, "Well, it’s good to be back. It makes me feel at home and it's not much adjustment in terms of style of play. I think it's a sweet opportunity for me to be able to compete. This could be my last international tournament."
With the team heading to Indonesia for their campaign on the prestigious quadrennial multi-sport tournament on August 14, Tiu has this to say for their rushed bid.
"I’m excited and honored and I can guarantee that these next few weeks will be total sacrifice for the country and hopefully, God-willing, we can achieve our goal: finishing better than 7th."
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