Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman Richard Bachmann has thanked President Marcos for committing to provide Filipino athletes with world-class training facilities to prepare for international competitions.
“We’re very happy,” Bachmann said when sought for reaction on Marcos’ presence during the welcome and awarding ceremony for the medalists of the 19th Asian Games 2023 at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum in Manila on Wednesday, Oct. 25.
“We are very thankful also to the President kasi siya ang nag organize (he organized) and took the lead in this for our athletes. And this gesture just shows you that he supports the national athletes,” Bachmann added.
Bachmann said there are a lot of initiatives that the government will undertake, which include fixing all the facilities while all athletes are still having their training at the Rizal Memorial.
“Actually, he understands where I am coming from. We need to fix the facilities for all athletes,” he said.
The PSC official said that Filipino athletes are now gearing up for the Asian para-games and the ongoing World Combat Games in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia where Filipino athletes have already bagged one gold, one silver and two bronze medals.
Marcos held a heroes’ welcome for the Filipino athletes who participated in the Asian Games and also led the awarding of Presidential Citations and cash incentives for the medalists.
During the event, he vowed to fully develop Team Philippines through the National Academy of Sports (NAS), which, he said, must be fast tracked so that athletes can immediately pursue their training there.
Marco said that the government “will do more” in order to gain better results in future international competitions, citing that the PSC is implementing a five-year Sports Development Plan that aims to address the long-standing concerns of Filipino athletes.
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