Peping to NSAs: Don’t over­train your ath­letes

Tempo - - Sports - By NICK GIONGCO

To en­sure that the na­tional ath­letes re­main in peak form in the runup to the 29th South­east Asian Games, the Philip­pine Olympic Com­mit­tee (POC) is meet­ing to­day with the SEAG Task Force and the med­i­cal and strength teams, POC pres­i­dent Jose ‘Peping’ Co­juangco said yes­ter­day.

“It is para­mount that they don’t suf­fer from burnout,” said Co­juangco, who fears that mem­bers of the 500strong Team Philip­pines might ei­ther over­train or lose their sharp­ness in the fi­nal three weeks lead­ing up to the for­mal Aug. 19 open­ing.

“I am meet­ing (SEAG TF head) Tom Car­rasco and the strength and con­di­tion­ing and med­i­cal teams to guar­an­tee that our ath­letes would re­mains in good con­di­tion while they are await­ing for their turn to fly to Kuala Lumpur,” said Co­juangco.

Even though the KL SEAG won’t of­fi­cially kick off un­til Aug. 19, there would al­ready be com­pe­ti­tions and fi­nals matches in foot­ball, archery and sepak takraw a week be­fore.

The Philip­pines is send­ing 498 ath­letes to Malaysia and they will be joined by about 250 of­fi­cials armed with the mis­sion of im­prov­ing on its sixth-place, 29-gold medal pro­duc­tion two years ago in Sin­ga­pore.

Co­juangco po­litely de­clines to make a medal pro­jec­tion al­though he is up­beat that this year’s batch seems to be more con­fi­dent and well-con­di­tioned com­pared to the pre­vi­ous one.

“We’ll do bet­ter this time,” said the 82-year-old for­mer Tar­lac con­gress­man.

But the com­ing days and weeks “must be closely mon­i­tored” by the SEAG TF.


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