first_img[av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’ PH to get 5 Tokyo Olympics golds – Cojuangco ‘ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=’30’ subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]BY ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]Monday, October 2, 2017[/av_textblock][av_textblock size=’18’ font_color=” color=”]MANILA – Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr. made a bold prediction that the country will bag at least five gold medals in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The Philippines will end its Olympic gold medal drought in style, Cojuangco said at the dinner party for the Filipino delegates to the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games.“Filipino athletes are capable of winning five gold medals in Tokyo. I already have two sure candidates in mind,” he said on Saturday.“They are homegrown, but there are other potential gold medal athletes based in United States.“I have a strong feeling they can win it. But I don’t want to mention the sport. I don’t want to pressure them.“We just have to fuel them up with high-octane gasoline and their performances can translate into gold medals,” said Cojuangco.But the POC president said proper training facilities are needed for his prediction to be realized.Earlier the POC said there is a master plan for the construction of sports training facilities in Clark Green City and Iba, Zambales.“Of course, we need to put up proper training facilities needed for these athletes to succeed,” he said. “We need a training center to achieve this. Without a training center, getting those medals will be difficult.”The Olympic gold medal has been elusive for Team Philippines since it started sending representatives in 1924.Hidilyn Diaz was the latest Filipino to bag a medal – a silver during the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil./PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full]last_img

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