TOPS’ five-minute interviews

January 21, 2019

HOW time flies.

The year 2019 is almost one month old and the wonderful world of  sports is already buzzing with  some great and not-so-great news.

We have a few revealing five-minute  interviews with some of the most interesting people during their appearances at the  weekly  “Usapang Sports” presented by  the Tabloid  Organization in Philippine Sports (TOPS) at the National Press Club in Intramuros, Manila.

Let’s listen to them.

Monsour del Rosario,  well-known taekwondo champion and now Chef de Mission of the Philippine team to the  30th Southeast Asian Games.

“I’d like to thank President Duterte for building the Olympic  Stadium there in Clark. The last time we had an Oympic stadium  was in 1934. Mas matanda pa sa mga tatay at nanay natin yan. Ma-eenganyo mga bagong atleta. Sana maalagaan at sana madagdagan pa. Sana sa Mindanao, meron din. Sa Visayas magkaroon din.

Sabi nga ni Nelson Mandela, sports  unites people --  rich or poor, ugly or handsome. It’s a language that speaks to the youth. Something that other organizations can't do.

So, if  we strengthen our sports program, maybe we can get our kids off the streets. I  really believe we in sports can be an alternative solution,  maybe the  only solution to a lot of the problems we have with the youth. Sana our country and  our leaders  will work towards this goal.”

Celia Kiram,  Commissioner,  Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and  Head of the  PSC  Oversight Committee on  Women Sports.

“Being a woman,  I am so proud. Team Philippines relied on  female athletes to win four gold medals in the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia. Ngayon madami na ang mga  kababaihan ang nag-e-excel sa sports

Ngayon naipapakita na natin na at par na tayo sa mga kalalakihan. And  more better.

Last year,  we had the first Women in Sports Congress and 5th  Women Martial Arts Festival as part of the Women's Month celebration. The Women in Sports for differently-abled athletes is a fun games na meron din capability building to build up leadership and self-confidence. This year, we have the Womens Sports  Summit in March and the 6th  Women Martial Arts Festival in October.”

Cynthia Carrion, President, Gymnastics Association of the Philippines (GAP) and Board Member, Philippine Olympic Committe (POC).

“I expect Caloy to get it all. Nobody can beat him in rhythmic. I know we can get some medals  there. You know  there are five events there and we can get two or  three. 

Our main worry now is  a good playing venue.

In the  PICC, we found out that's only five meters and we need eight meters in height. We don't know what to do and we  are still groping for our venue. And  we are also fixing  all our training camps and our equipments. We  are running late.  It's already  January. If  we want to win all these gymnastics medals, we  got to work,  we  got  to finish it all up.”  

Preciosa Delarmino, Head Coach  of  Muay Association  of the Philippines (MAP).

“Pinaghahandaan na talaga ng Muay Association of the Philippines ang darating  na SEA Games, na  kung saan may  kabuuang 11 events ang muay. We have a chance of winning the gold in more than half of the events, especially the women events.

Umaasa kami sa aming mga female athletes  na sina Rudza Abubakar ng Zamboanga sa 45-kg  at Jenelyn Olsim ng Baguio in the 54-kg division  ng nasabing combat event.

Gayundin,   malaki ang pag-asa para sa  gold medal  ng  tandem  nina  Mariah Trenyce Co at Rusha Mae Tarrate  ng Baguio City sa wai kru, or mas lalong kilala sa tawag na Thai boxing dance.”

This Thursday (Jan.24), it will be another busy day for sports with two  Filipino  boxing champions who  want  to  follow  the footsteps of  boxing   hero  Manmy Pacquiao gracing the  weekly session.

Attending the event are World Boxing Association (WBA) Asia  bantamweight champion Carl Jammes Martin and World Boxing Council (WBC) Asia super featherweight titlist Al “The Rock: Toyogon, who will talk about  their chances in coming title fights.

Martin, a native of Lagawe,  Ifugao  will fight Petchchorhae Kokietgym of Thaikand on Feb. 16, while Toyogon is set to defend his title against  Ryusei Ishii of Japan  at  the   Elorde  Sports Center on Jan. 26.

Joining them are  Games and Amusement  (GAB) commissioners Mar Masanguid and Eduard Trinidad,  who will  talk about the goverment sports agency’s campaign to regulate  boxing and other pro sports.

NOTES -- Congratulations to  Hermana  Mayor  Sarah Andaya and her  family for the   h ighly-successful Annual Viva  Santo Niño  Parade and  Procession   held at the Catalino Cruz/A. Mabini St. in Cainta, Rizal last Jan. 20...

Happy 60th birthday to my cousin Luz  Sanchez-Bernabe, who celebrated with family and friends at  Betty’s Restaurant along Biak na Bato St, Quezon City last Jan. 19.

Condolence  to  Gemma Gabriel of  ERJHS  Batch 81,  whose brother Raul passed away last Jan. 20.

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