OMG stop blaming athletes
BASKETBALL, our national sport, lost to Indonesia at the SEA Games in Vietnam. Unforgivable? For the very first time in SEA Games history, we lost. It hurts. This is what our people remember. Not just the other medals. It’s like losing their national sport, football, for the Vietnamese, Thais, Indonesians, Singaporeans and others. Nothing else matters. I have a long and close relationship with MVP, Ricky Vargas, Al Panlilio and SBP so I have to say more. Back to the drawing board. Mabuhay parin si MVP for enduring these fiascos all these years.
Football, the forgotten sport
We did very well in Hanoi, but no one seems to know what really happened to football. Always overshadowed by the most popular sporting events, we won a bronze medal in women’s football for the first time in history. And they are taking part in the World Cup this year for the first time in Australia. Our men’s team, Azkals Under 23, drew against defending and eventual champions Vietnam in their very first game. But then, where did you hear about an international football competition where our guys played three games in five days? It’s a boo. A no no in international football. Or the injuries catch up with you in the end. The Asian Football Association admits ignoring this issue and the schedules for SEA Games Cambodia 23 next year must follow the rules. Congratulations to PFF President Nonong Araneta, Edwin Gastanes and the PFF gang for these remarkable improvements.
Reorganize the officials, not the athletes. Sanamagun. Our girls are good, guys. And don’t blame the PNVL. Ricky Palou and his league are the people who make volleyball popular here. Give credit where credit is due. While the others only make hay. In the last SEA Games of 2019, you also sent the women’s team to train in Japan, Thailand, and organized an invitational tournament in Southeast Asia that cost Laguna millions and ended up without nothing. Now you’ve hired a Brazilian trainer, trained in Brazil and what do we get? Nothing. There is such a thing that guys delicadeza. Have you ever heard of this? Have you ever wondered why our most winning volleyball coach, Ramil de Jesus, never joins the National Volleyball Association? Your guess is as good as mine.
Back to the drawing board
Priorities. Everyone who has done good should get more budget. And anyone who hasn’t performed should re-evaluate their goals. That’s how we started weightlifting. From nothing to an Olympic gold medal. Slowly but surely. Win the medals and the sponsors will come.
Thank you Patafa
Patafa has been under siege for some time. Still, without their track stars, we’d be in fifth place, guys. Not fourth. Thanks to Popoy Juico, Terry Capistrano, Nonoy and especially the coaches under Renato Unso. Keep up the good work.