More national athletes should be encouraged to go into international training camps.
The country’s top pole vaulter Ernest John Obiena said this is in his wish list as he gets ready to go back into training and prepare to join qualifiers for the 2024 Paris Olympics.
“I would want my fellow teammates in the national team to experience what I have experienced in Europe. While there, I was able to see the effects of being able to train with the best of the best in the world,” said Obiena.
The 26-year-old Obiena talked about his aspirations in his discussions with Philippine Sports Commission chairman Noli Eala and in another separate talk with officials of the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association.
Eala listened to Obiena as he discussed his thoughts about his teammates during his weekly program, “Power and Play.”
So far, Obiena’s idea has caught the interest of Eala, who hopes to help Filipino athletes train and perform better in the international stage.
Obiena believes that by bringing them to train overseas, this would inspire them to be better athletes.
He will have two years to prepare for his next Olympic quest. For now, Obiena has taken his time off until he finally leaves the country to go back to Formia, Italy to resume training.
The indoor competitions are up next this January and they are expected to help Obiena build confidence while participating in other competitions by then.
“We’re gonna work on a lot of things that would make my vaulting a lot more efficient than ever. Hopefully, that would maximize my potential going forward,” revealed Obiena.