What does it take for Philippines to get a gold medal in Olympics?
August 21, 2008 3:23am CST
In the history of Olympics, Philippines never had any gold medal. It seems like it's unreachable for our athletes until this current Olympic games. What are the things needed to grab a gold medal? Is it about training our athletes more strenuously? Is it about government's budget to the sports committee? Share your opinion here. Thank you.
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31 Aug 08
we will be able to have superior athletes when government officials stop corrupting the money that government allots to train them. i am really saddened but this is the truth. Do you watch the TV Show "Bitag". One episode highlighted this issue.
23 Aug 08
I'm sure there are a lot of factors to consider if we want to win a gold medal in the Olympics. I think though, that we should focus on the sports that we have a chance at winning. For example, 100m-dash with a 5-feet-something Filipino is quite hard to win if we're against 6/7-footers. Even if the Filipino athlete goes under extreme Spartan training, the other athletes'll be training too, and they might be faster if only on account of having much longer legs :p Another thing, as has already been pointed out, is the utter lack of government support. No proper equipment to help train, no coaches, no facilities for more quality training. Instead of focusing on the upcoming sports meet, some athlete's have to think about where they'll get the money to travel from the Philippines to the Olympic host's country. It's pretty sad to see them train so hard and not gain anything because of lack of support.
22 Aug 08
1. The government has to allocate sufficient funds. Seriously, sufficient funds so that our athletes could boost up their training facilities and the like. 2. Practice. Practice. Practice. Work harder. Work harder. Work harder. But it seems that no matter hard we work, we are far off to reach the caliber of athletes from all over the world. *Still hoping though that the day would come and we could achieve success someday*
22 Aug 08
I am not from your country,. i do not know whether i am permitted to answer or not. but we indians were in similar position. we won gold in hockey earlier, but never an individual gold. this olympic we have got one gold and two bronzes. its great for a country of 110 crore people.Govenrment should come forward to nurture the talents
22 Aug 08
if we are really serious about earning a gold medal at the olympics, we should really support the athletes. Get the really talented athletes at a young age and start them on their training plenty of years for the olympics. Maybe we can get lucky then ...
22 Aug 08
There is no problem with the talents of our Filipino athletes it's the support of the government to our athletes that is lacking. In terms of talent and dedication I think we can place our Filipino athletes as one of the best athletes in the world. The Philippines wants a medal but they are only sending athletes that trains with only a small amount of support from the government. how can we able to go head to head with other countries athletes without the proper support that includes the proper gear, proper training facilities, proper allowance etc. we have the tools all we need is just a SUPPORT. so if the government can't provide those athletes what they needed then don't expect too much or should I say don't expect anything.
21 Aug 08
I'm not an athlete and not very much of a fan of sports too. But since it is the Philippines team, i also have my eye in this issue. I think it would be better, if the government will support the team better. This is what i always hear, when someone representing the country wins (or loses) he, she or the coach always appeal to the government for more "support".
21 Aug 08
Do we have the same training time frame compared to other countries? NO Do we have enough budget for this event? NO Do we have suitable training materials and equipments? NO How do we select our players? I Don't Know In the first place, before our players fly to the host country we already know their capacity and we already knew that they could not get the gold medal. For example, swimming, we know the speed of our players, isn't it? Using the record holder as our bench mark, our players speed or time for swimming is far from their, isn't it? So, How do we get GOLD?