Newly-elected Athletes Commission officers promise louder voice for athletes
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 14, 2020 07:10 PM
We will be the bridge between the athletes and the Philippine Olympic Committee -- Athletes Commission chairman Jessie Khing Lacuna (Photo credit: Philippine Sportswriters Association)
The newly-elected members of the POC Athletes Commission have guaranteed their fellow athletes of a bigger voice and a shoulder to cry on for the next four years.
“We will be the bridge between the athletes and the Philippine Olympic Committee,” said swimmer Jessie Khing Lacuna, who represented the country in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
“We are here to provide the link,” said Lacuna during Tuesday's PSA Forum at the Amelie Hotel Manila.
Lacuna and four others were elected to the commission last Saturday, including Francesca Altamonte of softball, Nikko Huelgas of triathlon, Jake Letts of rugby and Samuel Morrison of taekwondo.
Lacuna told the forum presented by San Miguel Corp., Braska Restaurant, Amelie Hotel Manila and the Philippine Amusements and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) that since the commission is required to have at least two Olympians (one male, one female), Rio Olympics silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz of weightlifting may be accommodated as the fifth member in place of Morrison.
Lacuna has indicated his availability to serve the commission full time after announcing his retirement from competitive swimming. As chairman of the commission, he can attend the POC general assembly with voting power.
Again, the 26-year-old swimmer assured his fellow athletes that the commission is going to do its best to address any of their grievances.
“What the athletes need we will help address. This is very important,” said Lacuna.