Magkaisa para sa Olympics – Mikee
Nanawagan si Deputy Speaker Mikee Romero ng 1Pacman Partylist nitong Lunes sa lahat ng sports leaders at major stakeholders na i-alay ang kanilang buong suporta para kay newly-elected Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Abraham ‘Bambol’ Tolentino lalo pa’t target ng bansa na masungkit ang kauna-unahang gold medal sa Tokyo Olympics 2021.
“First of all, I would like to congratulate my good friend, Cong. Bambol, for securing a full four-year term this time. It’s a tough job being the president of POC but I know he can handle it being a seasoned leader both as sportsman and politician,” sambit ng former amateur basketball godfather kay Tolentino na nagwagi sa POC elections nitong Biyernes kontra kay archery chief Jesus Clint Aranas.
Ipinunto rin ng mambabatas na upang matupad ang Olympic dream, kailangan dindg magkaisa ang lahat at itigil na ang “sports politics” na humahadlang sa paglago ng ilang sports.
“We have to plan and work as one because the coming Tokyo Games is really our best chance. No more politics in sports because it destroys the three values of Olympism which are excellence, friendship and respect,” paliwanag ni Romero. “It’s better that they work with Cong. Bambol for the sake of Philippine sports.”
Bukod sa Tokyo Games na na-reschedule sa Hulyo dahil sa coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, paghahandaan din ng national athletes ang 31st Southeast Asian Games sa Vietnam, 4th Asian Youth Games at 6th Asian Beach Games sa China, at 6th Asian Indoor at Martial Arts Games sa Thailand.
“With so many international tournaments next year, I hope our elite athletes will be given the right training so Cong. Bambol will need the financial support from the government and private sectors,” wika pa ni Romero na bahagi rin ng Philippine National Federation of Polo Players (PNFPP). (Janiel Abby Toralba)