POC President Vargas wants 120 gold medals for the Philippines in 2019 SEA Games

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 04, 2019 02:09 PM
Vargas wants 120 gold medals for PHI in 2019 SEA Games
The Philippines is dead set in finishing first in the upcoming 2019 SEA Games based on the statements of POC President Ricky Vargas (FILE photo)

The Philippine Olympic Commission is eyeing the number one spot in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.

“I’d like to hear the Philippine national anthem played 120 times,” POC president Ricky Vargas shared in the organizers’ assessment meeting, Tuesday at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila.

Vargas was alluding to 120 gold medals in the regional meet. Once a gold medal is awarded, the winning athlete’s national anthem gets played.

And so, the statement is crystal clear - the Philippines is out to be no. 1.

To do so, the POC is reiterating its call for unity after internal issues rocked it a week ago. “We are working this out. With your help, this is achievable, this is doable,” its president urged.

He then continued, “I share the call of (Philippine Sports Commission) chairman Butch Ramirez, the PSC commissioners, and most especially, our government, that we unify and win as one.”

Indeed, that statement rings even truer as the country is the host for this iteration of the SEA Games.

And in that light, the government has pledged continued support for a successful hosting. “I really believe we can pull off the biggest and best SEA Games hosting. That will start the momentum for the government to put sports front and center,” Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee chairman Alan Peter Cayetano said.

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