Tolentino tells athletes: Get a bike, stay fit

May 21, 2020
Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino
Tolentino: Bicycling part of new normal.

TAKE a bike, promote social distancing, stay healthy.

With this on mind, Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino is giving national athletes who are in sports under the Olympic program a "chance to get a free bicycle for their use to go to their training."

Tolentino, also the president of the national cycling association, believes athletes will benefit a lot from using a bike under the new normal in the society.

“With the new normal which mandates we find new ways to go about our daily business, national athletes who do not have a personal mode of transportation will surely benefit from this," said Tolentino in an e-mail to People's Tonight.

"Bicycling is not only a healthy way to get from one point to another, it also promotes social distancing, not to mention a means to avoid traffic”, said the lawmaker  from Tagaytay who is also secretary-general of the national sports association for chess.

Initially, Tolentino said he will seek approval from the POC Board for 100 bicycle units.

Tolentino said athletes who want to avail of the program just need to apply with the POC, which will allot the bicycles based on those who need them most and on “ first-come-first-served” basis.

“We need to be innovative so the POC is looking for ways to allow our athletes to stay fit and ready for competition once the situation allows it. Obviously bicycling, whether to commute to and from their training venues or even for leisure, is a good way for our national athletes to keep in good physical condition,” added Tolentino.