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Friday, August 1, 2008

Philippine taekwondo bets prepped for Olympic win

MANILA (PNA) -- Tshomlee Go and Toni Rivero, who have great chances of winning medals for the Philippines in the coming Beijing Olympics, are not counting on luck of the draw.

Taekwondo president Robert Aventajado on Tuesday said his athletes are ready to face any eventuality, whether or not they are bracketed with those tipped to win the gold medals.

“We have prepared Tshomlee and Toni to win medals – of any color. They are prepared to win,” said Aventajado in Tuesday's PSA Forum at Shakey’s along UN Ave.

Aventajado also announced during the forum that Petron, their benefactor, has pledged PhP1 million for the gold, PhP600,000 for the silver and PhP300,000 for the bronze.

The offer, however, is only good for taekwondo.

In the case of Rivero, who fell just a little short of a medal in the 2004 Athens Olympics, facing reigning world champion Hwang Kyung-Sun (bronze medalist in Athens) is inevitable.

"Whether it’s in the early part or later on in the day, Toni will have to beat this Korean. She has to demolish her because Toni wants to win the gold,” said Aventajado.

The taekwondo chief, who’s also chairman of the Philippine Olympic Committee, admitted that he’s excited about the chances of Go (-57 kgs) and Rivero (-67 kgs).

"I’ve always told them that just to compete in the Olympics is something but to win a medal for the country is something else. They have worked hard for this,” he said.

Aventajado said Go has been practicing taekwondo since he was seven and Rivero since she was four.

And it’s just about time that they reap the dividends of all the hard work.

He added that Go and Rivero have trained so hard not even the possibility of faulty officiating gives them reason to worry.

“We’re not worrying about any problems with the officiating. Whatever the obstacles are we are ready to face,” said Aventajado. (PNA)

Blog Credits: Positive News Media

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