Poe pushes to review PH sports development programs

Senator Grace Poe is calling the government to review the country’s sports development programs to beef up the chances of Filipino athletes in winning gold medals in the Olympics and other international sports events.

Poe recently filed Senate Resolution No. 678 seeking the Senate committee on sports to conduct an inquiry, in aid of legislation, on the efforts of the Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Olympic Committee, and the whole sports community “to achieve the ultimate goal of winning the country’s first gold medal in the Olympics.”

Poe noted about this, relating the current situation of the Philippines with no gold medals won yet since joining the annual sports event in 1924.

The Philippines has only 10 Olympic medals under its name consisting of three silver and seven bronze medals, with the latest addition of a silver medal won by Filipina weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz in the 2016 Summer Games.

“We need to take a deeper look at how these agencies are implementing existing laws on sports development and see what it will take for the Philippines to bring home the gold this time,” Poe said.

“It’s time to up the ante on sports development, including training for international competitions, with the ultimate goal of winning the Olympic gold, which remains one of the unrealized dreams of our sports sector,” she added.

Hoping for a better feat this coming 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, Poe reiterated the need to study existing laws on sports development as well “to rally the private sector and the public for a united support for Filipino athletes.”

Poe is also optimistic that with its new chairman William Ramirez, the Philippine Sports Commission “will lead the way in improving the lot of athletes to make them more competitive and world-class in bringing honor to the country.”