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PSC bashes PNoy’s disinterest in sports

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A high-ranking official of the Philippine Sports Commission has castigated President Benigno Aquino III for his apparent lack of interest in Philippine sports, with the Chief Executive not even bothering to recognize the efforts of the athletes who competed in the recently concluded Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

PSC second vice president Joey Romasanta expressed disappointment at Aquino because of his snub of the traditional send-off for the SEA Games athletes.

“It pains me to imagine that the Philippine delegation was never received by Malacañang — not even a send-off. For some reason, hindi ko maintindihan, the closest we got to a send-off recognition was in the Asian Games when Secretary Almendras was sent to substitute for the President. It could have been a big boost and motivation for everybody if our President was there,” he said.

The Philippine team ended its SEA Games campaign in the sixth place, with a total haul of 131 medals– 29 golds, 36 silvers, and 66 bronzes. This fell short of the 41 gold medals that the PSC aimed for the athletes to take home from the competition.

Romasanta noted that during the time of former President Ferdinand Marcos, the Philippines was always part of the Top 3 in the SEA Games, thanks in part to the late strongman’s Project: Gintong Alay sports program.

He said he is hopeful that Aquino’s successor will be more interested in helping Filipino athletes earn honor for the country in international competitions.

“Hopefully, the next administration will have a better view of sports because in terms of the total support, parang naiwanan mag-isa ang PSC. This SEA Games is the last event under the Aquino administration. I hope he gives our athletes enough motivation to do better in the international stage,” he said.

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