Cycling Takes Lead in PH Qualifying Without Token Asiad Stints
Philippine Olympic Committee president Bambol Tolentino announced a schedule on Monday to determine national cyclists for the 2026 Asiad in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan. The 2026 Asian Games will have qualifying events for all sports, including cycling, marking the first time. Tolentino emphasized that the early schedule provides more time for national coaches to prepare for the upcoming Southeast Asian Games and the 2026 Asian Games.
The PhilCycling National Championships for Road 2024 are scheduled from Feb. 5 to Feb. 9 in Tagaytay City as hub. The federation is aiming to strengthen the national track team for men and women, as it anticipates a 250-meter indoor velodrome that will rise in Tagaytay City.
Medalists in the Philippine National Games (PNG) and the Batang Pinoy next month will be considered for a call-up to the national championships. Participating cyclists will race in individual road race, criterium and individual time trial (ITT) for men and women in youth, juniors and elite divisions.
Ranking points will be awarded to the top 25 riders in sanctioned races this year for consideration to the national championships, where a maximum of 90 riders will compete in the individual road race and 60 each in the criterium and ITT across all categories.
Other Hangzhou golds
Team Philippines brought home four gold medals in the Hangzhou, China edition, with victories by Gilas Pilipinas in men’s basketball and golds from pole vaulter EJ Obiena, jiu-jitsu grapplers Meggie Ochoa and Annie Ramirez. Boxer Eumir Marcial and wushu’s Arnel Mandal also won silver medals, contributing to the country’s overall rank at 17th among 45 countries.
Tolentino said the success of Team Philippines and the medals won in Hangzhou were significant achievements for the country. He also highlighted the need for national athletes to continue winning in future competitions, especially with the new qualifying point system for the Asian Games.