PSC does logical thing for cycling PDF Print E-mail Sports Written by Ian Brion / Reporter Monday, 09 March 2009 21:01 THE Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) on Tuesday said it will directly handle the preparations of the national cycling team for the 25th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Laos in December. PSC chairman Harry Angping made the decision after the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) continued to deny giving its recognition over the election of Tagaytay City Mayor Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino as president of the Integrated Cycling Federation of the Philippines, or PhilCycling. Tolentino’s election was already recognized by the Union Cycliste Internationale through its continental arm, the Asian Cycling Confederation. The POC is considering another cycling group which has elected Ronaldo Hiso as its president. “Up to now, the POC had not decided who is the president of cycling at hindi maiiwasan na maapektuhan ang mga atleta. Hanggang ngayon nakabitin pa rin ang mga siklista natin,” said Angping. “We will help them in their training for the SEA Games and provide them accommodation. They [cyclists] are like orphans and I will be their surrogate father,” he added. There will be eight gold medals at stake in cycling in the Laos SEA Games. These are the men’s and women’s criterium and individual time trial for road and men’s and women’s events in cross-country and downhill for mountain bike. There will be no track events because Laos does not have a velodrome. PhilCycling, then under its president Bert Lina, was the second-best performing national sports association in the 2007 Nakhon Ratchasima Games in Thailand with four gold medals.