Perform or look for your own money next time -- PSC chief warns NSAs
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 13, 2016 05:36 PM
I will really tell the NSAs to perform because the people, including the senators and congressmen, are starting to ask where we really stand -- PSC chairman Butch Ramirez
Perform or else.
Philippine Sports Commission chairman William "Butch" Ramirez won’t hesitate to pull out financial support to national sports associations (NSAs) that will fail to deliver in the 29th Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Southeast Asian Games.
“If you don’t perform, look for your own money the next time,” Ramirez’s stern warning Tuesday when he graced the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum at Shakey’s Malate.
The country has been underperforming the past editions of the biennial meet after winning the overall crown in Manila back in 2005.
Team Philippines placed sixth in the 2015 meet in Singapore with 29 gold, 36 silver and 66 bronze medals. In the 2013 Myanmar SEA Games, the PHI dropped to a disappointing seventh place.
Ramirez said the country’s bets to this year’s SEA Games from August 19 to 31 carry the burden to deliver and show the people that money being spent by the government is producing positive results.
“There’s pressure on what will happen in the 2017 SEA Games. Will we be number eight or number nine? I don’t know. Only the NSAs know the answer to that,” Ramirez said.
“I will really tell the NSAs to perform because the people, including the senators and congressmen, are starting to ask where we really stand,” added the PSC chief.
This year, the Philippines will be hard-pressed to do better as it
prepares to host the Games in 2019.
Ramirez said he doesn’t know what to expect in Kuala Lumpir because choosing and preparing the athletes and coaches for the Games is the job of the Philippine Olympic Committee and the NSAs.
“Our job is to fund. To prepare the athletes is their job,” he said. “We are willing to support deserving NSAs and athletes all the way to the (2020) Olympics.”