SEA Games: Afril hopes gold medal shines light in struggles of Pinay ballers

Paul Lintag on Dec 02, 2019 06:30 PM
Afril hopes gold shines light in struggles of Pinay ballers
With a breakthrough gold medal for Philippine women’s basketball in 3x3 play for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, national team star Afril Bernardino hopes she and her team have sent a clear message to everyone in this hoops-crazed country.

MANILA — With a breakthrough gold medal for Philippine women’s basketball in 3x3 play for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, national team star Afril Bernardino hopes she and her team have sent a clear message to everyone in this hoops-crazed country.

Pinay players can ball too and so, they also need attention and support.

“Sana napansin na,” Bernardino said after Gilas women beat Thailand Monday here to win gold in the SEA Games.

“Yun din po yung point namin, if we win this game, sana magkaroon na nag attention sa women’s,” she added.

Basketball opportunities for men come aplenty in the Philippines, that's just a fact.

Women are not afforded the same luxury as players that can’t make the national team pretty much have nowehere to go after graduating college.

Despite an influx of talent, there’s no place for Pinay players to play professionally in their own country. Bernardino hopes their gold medal can shine a light on their struggles as players.

“Syempre as a women’s basketball player, gusto rin namin na mapansin yung women’s para sa mga kababaihang gusto maglaro, meron din sila. After ng college kasi, wala kaming mapuntahan dito lang sa Gilas Pilipinas women,” she said.

“Yun po hinihiling namin, sana mapansin yung women’s basketball. Suporta lang po sa women’s,” Bernardino added.

 

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