05 March 2013

TRAP program comes to the fore in Subic tilt

THE Triathlon Association of the Philippines’ successful technical resources development program comes to the fore when the K-Swiss Subic Bay ASTC Asian Triathlon Championships 2013 is staged on April 27-29.

Tom Carrasco, TRAP president and POC chairman, said the association has been “focusing on the development of technical officials since we started the Subic Bay International Triathlon in 1993 and its heartening the see fruits of our efforts.”

TRAP secretary-general Mon Marchan, a level 3 ITO (the apex of the International Triathlon Union technical official hierarchy) official, heads the local organizing committee, with Rachel Ribo Dumuk, also a level 3 ITO, acting as chief technical official.

Marchan, chairman of the Asian Triathlon Confederation technical committee, officiated in the 2008 Beijing Olympics while Dumuk, also an official of the Philippine Sports Commission, served as ITO in both Beijing and London Olympics.

Level 2 ITO Fabian David will be an assistant technical delegate to back up China’s Qin Jianqui (level 3 ITO). Daniel Sng (level 2) of Singapore is the assistant technical delegate for the ParaTriathlon (for the differently abled) and Kiriyo Suzuki (level 3) of Japan the referee

Balwant Singh Kler, the ASTC’s secretary-general, and treasurer David Hoong, both level 3 ITOs, will sit as jurors in the event sponsored by K-Swiss, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Tourism Department, Standard Insurance, Century Tuna, Speedo, David’s Salon, Asian Centre for Insulation Philippines, Gatorade, Fitness First and the Philippine Sports Commission.

Level 2 ITO Alex David takes charge of the run leg with Meinard David and Armand Fabi overseeing the swim and bike phases, respectively. Willie Pabuaya will be the top official at the finish.

The task of ensuring the accuracy and integrity of the results falls on the shoulders of TRAP vice president Red Dumuk, the race director of the ASTC when it was first organized by the TRAP in 1996.

Level 2 ITO Rick Reyes serves as protocol chief and ASTC Congress and Executive Board meeting project director Ting Joson, a member of the ITU and ASTC’s women’s committees, and Sarita Zafra will head marketing for the sponsors.

The David brothers, Dumuk and Reyes have been pressed to action in the Asian Games. (Malaya)