PSC to provide cash incentives to athletes Yulo, Petecio, Marcial et al

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 14, 2019   •   986

Eumir Marcial (L), Carlos Yulo (C), and Nesthy Petecio (R)
(Photos: EPA-EFE/ AHMAD YUSNI / RONALD WITTEK)

The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) will provide cash incentives to Carlos Yulo, Nesthy Petecio, Eumir Marcial, and other Filipino athletes for their achievements.

During a press briefing on Monday (October 14), Chairman William Ramirez said the PSC will provide P1 million cash incentive to Carlos Yulo “for setting a historic mark on gymnastics.”

Nesthy Petecio, will also receive P1 million after clinching gold in the 2019 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Russia on Sunday (October 13).

Meanwhile, Eumir Marcial and Ernest John Obiena will receive P500,000 and P250,00 respectively.

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Ramirez also emphasized the need to support potential athletes in the country.

He said the PSC is willing to provide the assistance needed by Filipino athletes in order to compete in the world stage.

“Ang isang potensyal na atleta, bigyan mo na sila ng suporta—coach, PT [physical therapist], nutritionist. Gastusan mo na (Provide support for potential athletes [by hiring] a coach, PT, nutritionist. Invest money on them),” Ramirez said.

“I think this is the practice of countries na naging successful sa olympiada (that became successful in the Olympics),” he added.—AAC

Airasia offers 5-year unli flights for Olympic silver medalist Petecio

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 3, 2021

AirAsia Philippines has congratulated Nesthy Petecio for winning the silver medal in the women’s featherweight division of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday (August 3).

To honor  Petecio for being the first Filipina boxer to win a medal in the Olympics, AirAsia pledged to give her 5-year unlimited flights for free.

“Congratulations Nesthy! You definitely punched your mightiest to win this recognition for the Philippines. Your victory is an inspiration to everyone battling the pandemic to continue and never give up on the fight no matter what,” AirAsia Spokesperson Steve Dailisan said in a statement.

Aside from providing lifetime unlimited flights for Gold Medal winners, AirAsia will also award those who win silver with 5 years of unlimited flights, and 2 years unlimited flights for bronze.

All the 14 Filipino athletes who competed in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will receive free 3 round trip tickets to any AirAsia domestic destinations.

“We hope the free flights would motivate our athletes to always go all the way for the gold and never stop dreaming big.  We look forward to flying Nesthy and all our other Olympic athletes as they go home to their respective families in the province after their grueling training,” Dailisan said.

AirAsia recently awarded Olympic gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz with Lifetime unlimited flights. AAC

Petecio wins silver medal at the Olympics

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 3, 2021

Nesthy Petecio is the first Filipina boxer to win an Olympic medal after securing a silver at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday (August 3) at the Kokukigan Arena.

Facing her long-time rival, Japan’s Sena Irie denied Petecio of winning the gold via unanimous decision, 5-0. The judges scored 29-28, 29-28, 29-28, 29-28, 30-27 in favor of Irie. This is the fourth time that the two boxers have pitted against each other in the international stage.

Irie opened the fight with her constant jabs gaining the advantage in the first few rounds. Petecio fights back in the next few rounds, however, it was not enough to regain the advantage from Irie.

Despite settling for silver, Petecio still made history by winning the Philippines’ first boxing medal in 25 years since Onyok Velasco won the silver medal at the 1996 Atlanta Games.   AAC

No goodbyes yet for Paalam after advancing to the Olympic boxing quarterfinals

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 31, 2021

Carlo Paalam advanced to the quarterfinals in Round 16 of the men’s flyweight division at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday (July 31).

Paalam had a tough fight against Algeria’s Mohamed Flissi, who is a three-time Olympian. However, Paalam managed to punch his way through and won via unanimous decision. He is one win away in securing a bronze medal.

In the quarterfinals, Paalam will be pitted against Shakhobidin Zoirov of Uzbekistan, who previously defeated Daniel David Varela de Pina of Cape Verde.

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