BEMEDALLED cyclist Ariana Dormitorio of Iloilo will cut ties with the Philippine national cycling team after heart-breaking loss in the Asian Games in Indonesia.
Domitorio’s father and coach Donjie confirmed the move after the cyclist failed to finish her Asian Games event due to a freak accident.
The elder Dormitorio said they were disappointed with the treatment given to his daughter by Kamilla Sumagui, deputy secretary-general of the Integrated Cycling Federation of the Philippines (Philcycling).
“My daughter lost the tournament because she sustained a sprained quad muscle on her left thigh. Philcycling did not include me in the delegation to serve as head coach and trainer for Ariana. We requested that I pay for my own expenses just so I can be included in the official delegation, and gain access to and assistance from the organizer,” he explained.
The 22-year-old biker from Iloilo struggled heavily in the women cross-country event because of the limited time to familiarize the racecourse.
In a statement released to Radyo Pilipinas, Dormitorio’s father signified their intention to resign from the national team.
“With Ariana’s result in the just-concluded Asian Games, we are signifying our intention to officially render our resignation from the national team,” he said.
Donjie also said that his absence adversely affected Dormitorio’s performance. He also expressed his disappointment to Philcycling for not doing anything when Ariana’s bike arrived late in Indonesia due to cancelled flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) last week.
Dormitorio was one of the prospects to snatch a gold medal for the Philippines, especially that she ranked No. 1 in the tournament.
She is the No. 1 women’s elite Olympic cross-country rider in Asia with 320 UCI points, based on latest rankings.
Her recent achievement was a gold medal finish in the 2018 Asia Mountain Bike Series where she topped the Women Elite Olympic Cross Country in Keningau, Sabah, Malaysia last July 31.