28th SEA Games Mission: Surpass the 2013 finish
Mark Escarlote on May 27, 2015 09:07 PM
We have high hopes that we will surpass our last SEA Games performance standing --- PSC chairman Ricardo Garcia.
Filipino athletes bound for the 28th Southeast Asian Games in Singapore will not only carry the nation’s pride but are challenged to work doubly hard for a better finish this time.
Philippine Sports Commission chairman Ricardo Garcia Wednesday night gave a marching order to the bulk of the 464-athlete strong PHI delegates, who attended the sendoff ceremony at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City for the biennial meet set to run from June 5 to 16 in the island nation located at the tip of the Malayan peninsula, to bounce back from a dismal showing in the Myanmar edition two years ago.
“We have high hopes that we will surpass our last SEA Games performance standing,” said Garcia in his speech addressing the athletes.
The Philippine team had its worst finish at seventh in the regional meet in 2013 after collecting only 29 gold medals with 34 silvers and 37 bronze.
Garcia is confident that the Filipino bets will go home with their heads held up high.
“I’m truly delighted seeing these groups of athletes, all set to represent our country in the 2015 Southeast Asian Games,” Garcia said. “All set to bring home victory.”
“We trust that all of our athletes will give their best in all competition and showcase their athletics skills and abilities further enhanced during their rigorous and focused training,” he added further.
Philippine Olympic Committee president Peping Cojuangco was also present in the sendoff program and headed the ceremonial turnover of the Philippine flag to Chief-of-Mission to the SEA Games Julian Camacho. Before the sendoff ceremony, a mass was also held.
“I always see myself responsible for the athletes that's why I want to make sure what their responsibility is,” Cojuangco said. “It's not just winning medals but also their behavior of a true sportsman with the fighting spirit.”
Unavailable in the sendoff are the national football team who are already in Singapore while the men’s and women’s volleyball team, including flag-bearer Alyssa Valdez, skipped the program because of training.
The bulk of the delegates are expected to fly in on June 2.
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