by Nick Giongco
Mountain biker Ariana Dormitorio admits making the cut for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is going to be an uphill battle but is upbeat of her chances.
Ranked No. 1 in Asia, the 21-year-old Dormitorio is looking at winning the gold medal in the Asian Continental championships in Lebanon as the perfect opportunity to realize that life-long dream.
“This is what we’ve been training for,” she said during Tuesday’s Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum at the Amelie Hotel in Ermita, Manila.
“I have a great fighting chance of winning in Lebanon,” she said.
The Lebanon bikefest will be Dormitorio’s last chance of making the Olympic grade.
“This is the final stretch in this crucial year,” she said.
Apparently, Dormitorio could end up getting an Olympic invite via the wild card format, something that doesn’t really appeal to her.
“Yeah, you can still go to the Olympics but it entails other things.”
Meanwhile, the Gilas women’s basketball team is likewise zeroing in on making a splash when the country hosts the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.
National team coach Pat Aquino agrees that the pressure is building up.
“There’s pressure everywhere and my goal is to become the best in Southeast Asia,” said Aquino.
“I have been saying that all along and it’s like we’ve been jinxed so I won’t be saying anything because we might get jinxed again,” said Aquino, who was joined during the weekly forum by four stars of the team Jack Animam, Afril Bernardino, Janine Pontejos, and Clare Castro.
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