THE grassroots’ development program of the national sports associations will be up for discussion when the Philippine Sports Commission meets sports officials in a three-day conference that begins Thursday at the Tagaytay Highlands.
PSC chairman William “Butch” Ramirez, in a radio interview, said that through this conference, they will determine the amount of support that the agency can give to the NSAs in the coming years.
“Ito ang pag-uusapan. This will show where the search for talents will evolve, kung ano ang plano ng mga NSAs,” said Ramirez.
The PSC chief said NSAs with a sound grassroots program will continue getting support from the PSC.
On the other hand, NSAs which do not have much to show in their programs will have less financial assistance from the agency.
The PSC chief will lay out its policy with the NSAs on grassroots development, keeping in mind the history of Philippine sports in terms of performance in international meets over the last 26 years.
Ramirez said questions will be raised on what has transpired over the last two decades, how much was spent and what was the historical performance of athletes of each NSAs.
He said the conference is considered “a directional meeting,” with the agency and the NSA discussing issues concerning the performance of national athletes.
This will also be a study of how the PSC can support the NSAs in their preparations for the 2020 Olympics.
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