Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman William Ramirez revealed he was hopeful the country could earn two gold medals at next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.
PSC Chairman William Ramirez boldly declared, during his year-end report on Friday, the Philippines has a chance to win at least two gold medals in the coronavirus-postponed international sports meet.
Ramirez admitted that his forecast is hardly backed by science, but consistent signs of victory are on the wall with the continuous progress of Filipino athletes on the global scale.
“I don’t have a scientific basis to present, but our athletes have proven in international competitions that they can,’’
“It goes to show that our chances are big.’’
– PSC Chairman William Ramirez
Ramirez claimed Rio 2016 Olympic weightlifting silver medallist Hidilyn Diaz and world gymnastics champion Carlos Yulo would be the athletes to clinch the elusive gold medal.
“If science-based, we do not have proof, but Hidilyn Diaz and Caloy have proven that they can,” he said, as reported by CNN Philippines.
“We are lucky that we have the opportunity to support them,” Ramirez added.
Yulo secured his place at Tokyo 2020 after winning the men’s floor event at the 2019 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. While Diaz is yet to book a spot but is on track in the qualifying process according to PRC.
Other Filipino athletes who qualified for the Tokyo Olympics are pole vaulter EJ Obiena and boxers Eumir Marcial and Irish Magno.
Ramirez added that the PSC are aiming to send 29 athletes to the 32nd edition of the Summer Olympics set from July 23 to August 8, 2021.