MANILA — Philippine Sports Commission chairman Ritchie Garcia said the Philippines is now ready to send deserving athletes for further training in Russia.
At the Philippine Sportswriters Association forum in Shakey’s Manila, Garcia said the privilege is under the memorandum of understanding signed between him and Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko during the Association of National Olympic Committees executive council meeting held last week in Moscow.
Garcia said the MOU covers the training of athletes and use of Russia’s modern sports facilities including knowledge transfer for Filipino coaches.
Garcia said national sports associations and the Philippine Olympic Committee are tasked to choose the deserving athletes for the advanced training program.
“This is already ready to be implemented. Of course we have to explain and inform this to the athletes. Trabaho ito ng mga national sports associations at ng Philippine Olympic Committee,” Garcia said.
With Russia’s good track record in sports and its excellent health science and sports medicine, Garcia said the PSC is more than willing to send local athletes under the agreement.
“So with this signing, we hope that it will be easier for us, as well as to avail of top coaches from Russia to come here, and visit or attend seminars that would really help us in training our athletes,” Garcia said.