THE future is bright for Philippine swimming.
Despite the coronavirus pandemic now affecting local sports, two-time Olympian Eric Buhain said swimming is looking good with more young and talented swimmers from the provinces coming up.
“I believe we have a good future in swimming. Naniniwala ako na madami pang magagaling na mga bata ang darating, lalo na yun mga nasa probinsya,” said Buhain in the third “Usapang Sports on Air” by the Tabloids Organization in Philippine Sports (TOPS) last Thursday.
Buhain, who represented the country in the Olympics in Seoul, Korea in 1988 and Barcelona, Spain in 1992, said motivation and proper training are needed to turn these young swimmers into world-class athletes.
“Last year, buong taon ako nag-ikot sa mga provinces kasama ang mga kaibigan kong coaches. Madami akong nakita na talagang magagaling na mga bata, na kulang lang siguro sa guidance.”
“Actually, kaya nabuo namin itong COPA (Congress of Philippine Aquatics). Our main purpose is education. Yun mai-share ko yun experience ko as an Olympian at experiences ng mga kaibigan kong coaches. Nagsama-sama kami para maturuan yun iba’t ibang swimming clubs.”
“I think in five to six years, we can produce real good swimmers na makapagbibigay sa atin ng karangalan. Not just single-gold medalist but yun talagang talented swimmers who can win multiple golds.”
He said Cebu, Davao and General Santos have a lot of talented swimmers, especially in the 10-12 years old category.
“I told them lumaki ako may diperensya sa baga pero naka-dalawang Olympics ako. Lalo na siguro sila na born healthy.”
On COPA’s plans this year, Buhain said it will be a busy year for his group.
“We have a lot of instructional videos, especially sa mga coaches. We also have technical aspects, like how to conduct swimming competitions. Pati na mga strength and conditioning video, lalo na ngayon limited ang access sa mga pools.”
On possible conflict with the Philippine Swimming, Inc., (PSI) of Lani Velasco, Buhain said he sees no problem.
“We’re focused on education and sharing. We’re not interested in politics. We’re here to help each other in whatever way we can. We focus on local swimmers and local coaches in 177 clubs in 17 regions,” explained Buhain.
TOPS “Usapang Sports” is sponsored by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR).Publication Source : People's Tonight