With Asian Games gold medalist Ernie Gawilan earning his pass to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) is encouraged to provide more support to the National Paralympic Team for more qualifiers to follow his steps.
Gawilan, one of the country’s top para swimmers, secured a slot given by the International Paralympic Committee after earning enough qualifying points from the 2018 Asian Para Games and the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships.
The PSC backs the Philippine Paralympic Committee (PPC) through financial aid and foreign exposure for its athletes.
Gawilan currently trains in the newly built Aquatic Center in New Clark City, Capas, Tarlac.
For the month of January alone, the PSC has given the national para swimming team, women's basketball team and the para-sitting volleyball team almost P800,000 for their training venue rental, allowances, meals and accommodation expenses.
According to the PPC, Gary Bejino, another promising bet for para-swimming, also has a chance to secure a Paralympics spot as more slots will be opened by virtue of the bipartite process.
This is also possible for other athletes in other sports.
“We are expecting more slots to be opened by each international federation per sport,” said PPC executive director Dennis Esta.
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