PSC hopes science will boost PH’s athletic program


FILE – PSC President Butch Ramirez. Photo by Tristan Tamayo /

The physique of Olympic pole vault champion Armand Duplantis does not indicate that he is above the rest. Sports science could offer a rational explanation.

The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) plans to invest heavily in sports science equipment to increase the chances of Filipino athletes to win more medals at the Paris 2024 Olympics.

“Sending our athletes to trainings and competitions abroad is really ideal. But as a country, if you want to be up to international standards and compete with other countries at a very high level, we really have to buy and acquire cutting edge technology, ”said PSC President William Ramirez. .

The PSC chief believes that acquiring these state-of-the-art sports science machines could be a game-changer in future high-level tournaments for national athletes such as the Olympics.

“We have already bought a biomechanical machine, before the [COVID-19] pandemic, but we still lack machines capable of tracking an athlete’s oxygen volume, heartbeats and emotions, as well as other performance requirements, ”Ramirez said.

The country’s sports science program will be placed under the aegis of the Philippine Sports Institute (PSI), a department funded by the PSC and headed by National Director of Education Marc Edward Velasco.

PSC Executive Director Guillermo Iroy is also involved in PSI operations.

Duplantis, one of the Swedish sports celebrities who is 5 feet 11 inches tall, is the current world record holder with a height of

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