A sweetener to the tune of P30 million has been brought to the table for the upcoming Tokyo Olympic’s gold medalist.
According to Philippine Olympic Committee president Abraham Tolentino, San Miguel Corp. chief Ramon Ang has added P10-million, P5-million and P2-million incentives for Filipinos who win a gold, silver and bronze medal, respectively. This matched the amount athletes would receive pledged by the Manny V. Pangilinan Sports Foundation under the government’s Expanded Athletes Incentives Act.
The Filipino Tokyo gold medalist stands to win a house and lot in Tagaytay, with more prizes to come.
“Hopefully marami pa darating lalo na ‘pag na-deliver na yung gold,” said Tolentino. “Baka umabot ng P50 million ‘yan, which is equivalent to US$1 million other countries are giving.”
This is good news particularly for EJ Obiena, a pole vaulter chosen by the POC as the country’s flag bearer along with judoka Kiyomi Watanabe.
However, tightened health protocols set by the organizers grounded Obiena (who would be coming in from Formia, Italy), rendering him unable to fly to Japan 48 hours before the opening ceremonies as required.