Things we’d like to see in sports in 2019

January 07, 2019

AND while we’re still thinking about it,  here are  the  things we’d like to see in sports in 2019:

Filipino athletes competing in the coming  30th  Southeast Asian Games in  Manila on Nov. 30-Dec. 11  -- More cheers, less jeers.

World boxing champion Manny Pacquiao -- A decisive knockout victory  over Adrien Bronner in  Las Vegas on Jan. 17 that will set him  up for a  much-awaited blockbuster rematch  against American hero Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

GM Wesley  So  --Successful campaign this year that will put him back in the world Top 10 list and invitation to more top-level tournaments.

Two-time Asian  track  and field queen Lydia de Vega -- A well-deserved   Lifetime Award  from  the Philippine  Sportswriters Association (PSA),  the  country’s oldest media organization,  to  go along with  her Hall of  Fame  award from  the  Philippine Sports Commission ( PSC)  given last year.

PBA superstar June Mar Fajardo -- A  fifth straight PBA MVP award  for  the “Kraken”  with San Miguel Beer..

Asian Games skateboard gold   medalist   Margielyn Didal  -- A  respectable showing in the   Street League  Skateboarding  PRO Championships in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, the first Olympic ranking  competition  for  the  2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Marathon queen Mary Joy Tabal -- Another  chance  to prove her worth in the 2020  Tokyo Olympics.

Asian  Games golf  double gold  medalist Yuka Saso --  More opportunities  to  improve her skills and  bring more honors to the country.

2018 Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games  kiteboarding silver medalist Christian Tio -- Another triumph in the  fast-rising sport of  kiteboarding.

Basketball  idol  Kiefer  Ravena -- A    successful comeback  with NLEX  in the PBA after the  18-month suspension slapped on him  by the FIBA.

WGM Janelle Mae Frayna --  More  international   training  and exposure  abroad  to achieve  her l ifelong  dreams of  becoming one  of Asia’s top  female players.

Swimming superstars  Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh  and Marc Bryan Dula -- Win  more medals  and  accolades  in  various international  swimming competitions despite the many  problems  now  hounding local swimming.

Chess  champion  Antonella Berthe  Racasa -- Fulfill her   lifetime dream of  winning more chess  titles at age 12.

Volleyball  superstar  Jaja Santiago --  a  well-deserved   Ms. Volleyball Award  from the  PSA and  the scribes covering her  exploits in voleyball.

Motocross  idol  Kenneth San  Andres -- Maintain his supremacy  not only  in local but international motocross scene under the guidance of his father-manager Junjun.

Motocross star  Jaja Jao --  Win  a   major  motocross title  that will  surely   make  her  father Jolet  and mother Tess proud.

Philippine Sports Commisison (PSC), led  by  Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez  --A  successful  hosting of the  30th  SEA Games in Manila.

Philippine Olympic Committee  (POC), headed  by   Chairman Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino and president Ricky Vargas-- A  successful  hosting  of  the   30th  SEA Games in Manila.

Federation of  School Sports Association of the Philippines (FESSAP), headed by  David Ong   and  Baldomero Estenzo --  Another  memorable  campaign in  the  30th Summer Universiade organized by FISU  in Napoli, Italy in July.

Games and Amusement Board  (GAB) Chairman  Abraham “Baham” Mitra  -- Another  successful year as head of  the government supervisory  and  regulatory  body in professional sports and   another  recognition as “Commission of  the Year” given by the World  Boxing Council (WBC) in 2017.

PBA Commissioner  Willie Marcial -- More   blockbuster, more  action-packed games that will  bring  the  fans  back to the Big Dome,  Mall of Asia Arena and even Cuneta  Astrodome  in Pasay   this year.

National  Golf  Association  of the  Philippines (NGAP) -- A  well-deserved  recognition  for its   role in producing  and  developing young and  talented players who can  represent  the country  in international stage.

Philippine  Canoe  Kayak  and Dragonboat  Federation  (PCKDF), headed  by Jonne Go and coach  Len Escollante -- A successful  sequel to its world-class perfromance in the 2018  International Canoe  Federation (ICF)  World  Dragon Boat  Championships in  Gainesville,  Georgia last September.

National Chess  Federation of  the  Philippines (NCFP) and  president/chairman   Prospero “Butch” Pichay -- Find the next Wesley So in Philippine chess.

San  Miguel Beer and coach Leo Austria --  Another  PBA All-Filipino title.

Barangay Ginebra and coach Tim Cone -- Another  PBA Commissioner’s Cup title.

Magnolia and coach Chito Victolero  --  Another PBA Governors’ Cup title.

NorthPort Batang Pier and coach Pido Jarencio  and manager Bonnie Tan  --  A long-overdue   PBA   semifinal   appearance with the Batang Pier.

Phoenix Petroleum  and coach Louie Alas -- A PBA playoff  appearance.

Columbian Autocar -- A breakthrough  season  in  the PBA under player-turned-coach  Johnedel Cardel.

NAASCU champion St. Clare College -- A fourth straight title for Dr. Ernesto Jay Adalem and coach  Jino Manansala is another good idea.

Motocross legend Butch Chase --  A  reunion   race/get-together  with  fellow motocross stars.

Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) secretary-general  Graham Lim -- a one-way ticket back home in Manila  that  will  also finally put an end  to  years of persecution  and harassment that kept him away from  his loved ones.

Tabloid Organization in  Philippine  Sports (TOPS) -- Find  more  feel-good  stories to write, especially  about  the  success of  the   Filipino athletes  on  and off  the  playing field.

NOTES -- The  Andaya  Family  of  Cainta, Rizal, thru Hermana  Mayor  Sarah Andaya,  is inviting every body  to attend a  Holy Mass/Procession  in honor  of  Santo Nino on  Jan. 20 at the Catalino Cruz /A.  Mabini St. in Cainta, Rizal . The  Mass will start at 8 a.m., followed  by  the  procession  and the  blessing  of  religious articles at  Barangay Sto. Nino.

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