Due to limited resources from the government, some Filipino athletes are now resorting to fund-raising activities to finance their competitions abroad.
Athletes from the national Jiu-Jitsu team, led by multi-titled Meggie Ochoa, will hold an online training on March 5.
The amount that will be raised will be used for their intensive training camp in San Diego, California, in preparation for the 31st Southeast Asian Games slated for May in Hanoi, Vietnam.
“Hello everyone! Inviting all of you to take part in our journey to the SEAGAMES ’22,” posted Ochoa, world champion and gold medalist in the 2019 SEA Games.
“You will have a chance to help make this happen through a simple online event where you can learn jiujitsu techniques and get to know more about our journey.”
To register for their event, just click bit.ly/jjfund22.
Roger Casugay, SEA Games gold medalist in surfing, has used the online fund-raising platform to invite donors who can help finance his participation in the Mexilogfest, one of the biggest international surfing competitions.
Casugay said “being able to attend would mean I will be able to compete with some of the best in the world” in his post on gogetfunding.com.
The Mexilogfest will be held in Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico on April 19 to 28, 2022 where the hundreds of top single-fin traditional longboarders from all over the world compete.
“It is no mystery that making this dream a reality will not be easy, but I am up for the challenge. That said, I cannot do it without your support! The greatest expense will be airfare and baggage, but I must also acquire funds for airport transfer, accommodations, and food.”
The 27-year-old Casugay is widely acclaimed for his heroics in the 2019 SEA Games, when he saved a fellow competitor, Arip Nurhidayat from Indonesia, even at the risk of losing his chance to win the long-board medal.
For his unselfish act, he became the first Filipino to receive the Pierre de Coubertin Act of Fair Play Award of the International Fair Play Committee.
National athletes traditionally get financial support from the Philippine Sports Commission.
But due to limited contribution from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation as a result of the strict health measures during the COVID-19 pandemic, the PSC had to focus its funding on priority events this year, including the Vietnam SEA Games and the Asian Games in China.
Various national sports associations are also raising funds to finance their additional athletes that will compete in the SEA Games. They will only be reimbursed if the athletes will get medals in Vietnam.
Those who won medals in the previous SEA Games will be financed by the PSC.