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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