The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has awarded nine Filipino athletes, including Olympian pole vaulter Ernest John “EJ” Obiena, the Olympic Solidarity (OSS) scholarship of $843 (P43,000) per month until the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.
“The POC (Philippine Olympic Committee) would like to congratulate these nine promising athletes for being awarded scholarships as they focus on qualifying for the 2024 Paris Olympics,” POC Chairman Bambol Tolentino said Thursday.
“It is the first time that our country has had such a number of academics,” he added.
The other eight Filipino athletes included in the scholarship program are Rianne Malixi (golf), Samantha Catantan (fencing), Patrick Coo (cycling), Aira Villegas (boxing), Jericho Francisco (skateboarding), Allen Arcilla (wrestling) and the Olympians of Tokyo Elreen Ando (weightlifting) and Rogen Ladon (boxing)
In addition to the monthly stipend, the scholarship includes access to appropriate training facilities, a trainer specializing in their respective disciplines, regular medical and scientific assistance, accident and health insurance, board and accommodation costs, pocket money and travel expenses for athletes. ‘ participation in relevant competitions and qualifying events for the Paris Games.
Tolentino said the scholarship was made possible through the endorsement of the athletes’ respective National Sports Associations (NSAs), except for Obiena, who contested with the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (Patafa) .
However, thanks to the POC’s endorsement, Obiena received the scholarship, which the world’s fifth pole vaulter needed since he hasn’t received any funding from Patafa and the Philippine Sports Commission since September of 2018. last year pending authorization and verification of its liquidation reports.
The OSS is an IOC program which aims to support elite athletes selected and proposed by their respective NOCs in their preparation and qualification for Paris 2024.
“All these athletes need to do is focus on their training and set their sights towards the Paris Olympics,” Tolentino said, adding that the POC will liquidate the athletes’ expenses to Olympic Solidarity on a quarterly schedule. based on reporting. by academics and their NSAs.