MANILA, Philippines — Philippine biking chief Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino is optimistic that the nation can ship at the very least one bike owner to subsequent yr’s Olympic Video games in Tokyo.
Tolentino, additionally the president of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), stated 23-year-old Ariana Dormitorio is inside distance of qualifying within the mountain bike occasion as she at present ranks fourth in Asia.
Forward of Dormitorio are riders from Japan, China, and Iran. Japan is already assured of a slot because the host.
“Andoon na ‘yung likelihood,” Tolentino informed reporters throughout the Philippine Sportswriters Affiliation (PSA) Discussion board on Tuesday. “Ang kailangan lang niya, i-maintain ‘yung rating na ‘yun.”
Due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Worldwide Biking Union (UCI) determined to vary its qualification system for subsequent yr’s Tokyo Video games.
For mountain bike, there will likely be two World Cup weekends in 2021 the place the factors gained by the cyclists will likely be added to their accounts. UCI had suspended their rankings in March 2020. Nonetheless, the group has but to announce when or the place the World Cup weekends will likely be held.
Tolentino assured that Dormitorio will compete in these occasions.
“Talagang pasasalihin natin si Ariana doon, si Dormitorio, para ma-maintain niya ang rating niya, to get the highest 4 in Asia,” he stated.
“So ma-sustain lang natin ‘yun, might pag-asa,” he added.
In an interview with the Olympic Channel in July, Dormitorio had expressed her confidence that she’s going to achieve sufficient factors to make it to Tokyo, which might make her the primary Filipina bike owner to qualify for the Olympics.
She took half in a check race in Japan final October, which she stated boosted her confidence.
“The race course in Tokyo could be very technical. We do not have one thing like that within the Philippines. With the ability to see the monitor it’s going to be simpler for me to regulate my coaching,” Dormitorio stated.
Dormitorio, who stands at 5-foot-1, suffered a crash within the 2019 Southeast Asian Video games that stored her from profitable the gold medal within the cross-country mountain bike occasion.
Apart from Dormitorio, Tolentino stated the Philippines nonetheless has an opportunity to qualify in BMX as properly. In 2012, Daniel Caluag represented the nation in BMX within the London Video games.
4 Filipino athletes have already booked their tickets to Tokyo: pole vaulter EJ Obiena, gymnast Carlos Yulo, and boxers Eumir Marcial and Irish Magno.