Team Philippines must aim for no. 1. and seek around 120 gold medals.
Philippine Olympic Committee President Ricky Vargas admonished the many representatives of various national sports associations during an assembly yesterday at the Philippine International Convention Center.
Vargas made his wishes known as he and newly appointed Team Philippines Chef de Mission, Philippine Sports Commission Chairman Butch Ramirez met with officials of 57 NSAs.
“I would like to hear the national anthem of the Philippines played 120 times,” said Vargas, whose words drew a big round of applause in the first Team Philippines’ delegation meeting.
Vargas’ upbeat statement came a week after the POC president sacked several members of the POC board during a heated general assembly, with Ramirez replacing Monsour del Rosario as chef de mission.
“We will work this out. With your help, as we continue to move forward, this is achievable. It is doable,” added Vargas.
Ramirez listened to many NSAs talk about their needs and what they are doing to prepare their athletes during an assessment workshop that was also conducted.
The NSA representatives gave updates on what their teams have accomplished in their effort to prepare for the SEAG and what still needs to be done.
PSC Commissioners Celia Kiram, Charles Maxey, Ramon Fernandez and Arnold Agustin facilitated the workshop sessions with their own clusters.
“We must aim for no. 1. This is something that we should think about. And how your athletes will do it is up to you,” said Ramirez.
With six months left, officials of various NSAs met with Ramirez and the board members of the PSC to discuss their logistical needs and expenses needed to prepare the many athletes competing.
Funds needed to train the athletes will be separate from the P6.5 billion that the government has set aside for the preparation of the country’s hosting of the Games.
Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee Chairman and newly elected Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano also graced the gathering.
Ramirez has asked the NSAs to submit a list of their logistical and training needs to the government sports agency in the coming days as it assesses how to address them.