Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) confirms full support for national athletes in the 32nd SEA Games

With the 32nd edition of the Southeast Asian Games (also referred to as SEA Games and Cambodia 2023) officially opening in Cambodia in a few weeks’ time, the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) confirmed its full support for the national team participating in the big regional sports event, according to a news story published by the Philippine News Agency (PNA). Take note that the Philippine delegation has slightly lesser athletes than previously announced.

To put things in perspective, posted below is an excerpt from the PNA news article. Some parts in boldface…

The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) on Tuesday vowed to fully support the members of Team Philippines when they compete in the 32nd Southeast Asian Games scheduled May 5 to May 17 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

PSC chairperson Richard Bachmann said the support includes funding preparation, supplies, manpower and logistics.

Asked to predict Team Philippines’ finish in the biennial meet, Bachmann said he hopes for a better performance this year.

I just want to support them. If we were fourth place last year, then hopefully we can improve this year,” Bachmann said during his guesting at the weekly Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila.

Team Philippines will be banking on the 840-strong Philippine delegation that will carry the country’s tricolors in 38 disciplines in the biggest biennial multisport event in the region.

Boxing, one of the country’s medal-rich sports, will be bannered by 2020 Tokyo Olympics silver medalists Nesthy Petecio and Carlo Paalam. Olympian and world gymnastics champion Carlos Yulo and world No. 3 pole vaulter Ernest John Obiena are also strong gold medal contenders in Cambodia meet.

Weightlifting Olympian Elreen Ando and Asian champion Vanessa Sarno will spearhead the national weightlifting squad in the absence of the Philippines’ first Olympic gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz who is deep in training to qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

“Our national athletes have been working hard and hopefully, all their hard work will pay off,” added Bachmann who has been visiting the training and preparations of the different national teams since January.

Aside from the SEA Games, Bachmann also encouraged each National Sports Association (NSA) to look at the bigger picture, especially at other major events that are also set this year like the Asian Games, World Championships, and qualifying events for the Paris Olympics.

“I’m not putting down the Southeast Asian Games, I’m just saying that, we should win that all the time. We have many events this year, suportahan natin ang atletang Pilipino (let’s support the Filipino athletes),” Bachmann said.

The above report ended stating that a send-off party for the national team will be held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City on April 24, 2023, and it will be attended by President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr.

Let me end this piece by asking you readers: What is your reaction to this recent development? If you are a resident of the Philippines, are you confident that the national team will be able to win many gold medals in the SEA Games in Cambodia? How excited are you right now about the SEA Games?

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