PH Olympians get status, monthly salary upgrade

Filipino athletes who qualified for the Olympics in Tokyo will automatically have their status – and their monthly salary – offended, the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) said on Tuesday.

The government’s sports funding arm approved six athletes raise during Tuesday’s board meeting.

“Before, some of them were class B and C. [athletes], ”Said PSC chief Butch Ramirez. “When they … qualify for the Olympics in Tokyo, they become all the highest paid elite athletes in the national pool.”

“Once you are upgraded to Class A, [you] become top-priority elite athletes in the national pool, ”he added.

The six upgraded athletes were boxer Carlo Paalam, taekwondo jin Kurt Bryan Barbosa, rower Cris Nievarez, skateboarder Margielyn Didal, judoka Kiyomi Watanabe and weightlifter Elreen Ando.

Of the six, Ando received the largest increase. The lift from Cebu used to be a class C athlete and her salary went from P24,000 to P43,000 as a priority A athlete.

Rio Olympics silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz and world boxing champion Nesthy Petecio are the highest paid national athletes, both receiving P45,000 as Platinum Class athletes.

Also on the Class A list are pole vaulter Ernest John Obiena, boxers Irish Magno and Eumir Felix Marcial and gymnast Carlos Edriel Yulo.

Expected to be on the list are golfers Yuka Saso, Bianca Pagdanganan and Juvic Pagunsan. INQ

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