PSC founding chairman Hechanova passes away

ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 22, 2016 06:40 PM
PSC founding chairman Hechanova passes away
The founding chairman of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Cecilio Hechanova passed away Tuesday due to a lingering illness.

The founding chairman of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Cecilio Hechanova passed away Tuesday due to a lingering illness.

He died in his sleep. He was 84.

Hechanova is responsible for crafting the policies of the government sports agency after serving as its founding chairman from 1990 to 1992.

Under his leadership, the Philippines also came up with a runner-up finish in the 1991 Southeast Asian Games with 91 gold, 62 silver and 86 bronze medals, just a mere gold medal short of matching the production of overall champion Indonesia.

"He is such a big loss to Philippine sports," said PSC chairman Ricardo Garcia. "Aside from crafting the policies of the PSC in its infant stage, Chairman Hechanova also rallied behind our athletes during the 1991 SEA Games here in Manila. That runner-up finish was our best performance until we won the overall title in 2005 also here in Manila."

"He will be missed."

Prior to working in the government, Hechanova was an avid golfer who served as the non-playing team captain of the team that won the Putra Cup title in 1970 to 1972. 

He also worked as executive director of the Philippine Golf Foundation from 1988 to 1993 and was inducted into the Ateneo de Manila University Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.

His son, Jeric, is also a professional golfer who campaigns for the Luisita Golf Club.

Hechanova's remains lie in state at the Loyola Memorial Park in Sucat, Paranaque. 

Internment is set this Saturday.

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